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Since last week, I've been tweaking my method and adjusting to the idea of being okay with taking naps. Weekends are strange, because I usually don't feel the need to nap, so it interrupts the biphasic concept and my body just keeps on keepin' on (probably because there's a lot less stress). But as far as weekdays, it's been something like this:

6 AM - wake up
5/5:30 PM - nap, anywhere from 35 minutes to 2 hours
12:30 - 1:30 AM - go to bed
repeat

However, the other night I stayed up until about 2:30 AM, woke at 6 AM yesterday, was exhausted after work and slept 2 hours, stayed up till 1 this morning, and woke at 5:30 today feeling more awesome than I have in years, and I've had pretty stable energy all day.

So I think I'm finding a balance. It's difficult right now to gague what's sleep deprivation and what's exhaustion from it being the last stretch of a very long, very cold, very snowy winter (but hey, I'm still doing better than I was this time last year, or the year before, or before, or before! :p). So I'm letting myself nap longer when I need to, but I'm going to definitely keep waking up at 5:30, maybe even 5. I've started doing some calisthenic/bodyweight training in the mornings since I haven't been able to do kickboxing (due to stupid breathing issues), and having the extra time just makes mornings feel much easier, much more peaceful. Plus it helps to have the extra time to scrape my car off and drive slowly through storms or heavy traffic to get to the cafe and write.

Overall, though? I think the best thing I've discovered about biphasic sleep is that I'm in a better mood, like, all the time (except maybe right before I nap). I'm much more easy-going about things, and I've decreased the amount of pressure I usually put on myself to produce more and heal faster and make more progress on my goals.

I'm still tweaking things, and I would like to use my evening time to write instead of watch period dramas on Netflix (I mean the occasional period drama is fine), but that might need to wait until the weather warms up a bit around here. They say this weekend is going to set records with how cold it's going to be :(

Side note: to celebrate V-Day this weekend I booked myself a 2-HOUR MASSAGE for tomorrow night (only $100, and I know she's good because my parents go to her all the time!). Tonight (for tomorrow/the weekend), I'm making myself a primal-friendly cheesecake with a chocolate crust :9 Who says Valentine's Day has to be a bummer when you're single! I love myself more than enough. ;D

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