Sleepy Time #2

So, first day of intentionally sleep depriving myself. One day, that's all it's been, but clearly, there's a little part of my brain that is having a bit of a nervous breakdown. The part that most call "the body clock"

For the best part of today, I've been running about three hours faster than everyone else. When I thought it was lunch time, it was only 10am. When I thought about starting dinner, it was only half one.

As the day drew on, I've had a few moments where I've caught myself just slowly slipping into the state of "nodding off" but that is not allowed. Sleep is only permitted in the bed between 2am and 6am. By the same token, I can't lay in bed reading or sodding around on my phone.

Strangely, I don't actually feel much different, but then, no more than an hour or two of sleep in a night is about my norm, the difference is getting up and not drifting off again later in the morning.

It's currently a little after 10pm, and around this time, we'd be sat chilling on the sofa and bedtime wouldn't be that far away. Kellie is tired and yawning and if she doesn't doze off some time in the next 40 minutes I'll be very surprised. Me, on the other hand, I still have four hours till I am allowed to go to bed.

Doesn't sound a lot, but my first dozing/nodding moment today was around 4pm. Kellie nudged me, and then after looking at the clock, couldn't help herself. "You think you're tired now, you're not going to bed for another TEN hours!"


I think my plan of attack is going to be get into routines. Keeping occupied when I would normally be chilling out - I just washed up, for example - and when I get up, have a shower/shave/brush teeth EVERY morning. I'm a bit worried how it's going to affect my moods - I can be a grumpy f$cker at the best of times, but when intentionally sleep deprived... Well, that could be interesting.

Kids are warned, Kellie understands, but I am the king of self control, so hopefully when I feel the urge to get the chainsaw out and rearrange anatomy, I'll hold back and do something else instead.

I've had a lot of positive comments on Facebook & Twitter regarding sleep restriction. It seems quite a few of my friends/followers have either done it personally, or know someone that has done it too, and so far, all results are positive.

Thanks for your messages of support. I am fully aware that I'm only at the start of what is going to be a pretty long couple of weeks - especially in light of it being Bethys birthday coming up - but needs must, and I'm sure Kellie can handle a nervous breakdown so early in the new year!

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