I decided to actually go premium and flip the Sleep as Android goal to a 'do
less' type goal. I find that quantifying hours in bed is the simplest and
probably most useful way to control sleep. I understand that other people have
issues getting enough sleep, but not me.
I know from experience that my mind and body work better when I'm on the brink
of sleep deprivation. That seems to sit around 6 hours of actual sleep, so
around 7 hours in bed with a biphasic schedule (2x30m to fall asleep, gets
reduced drastically with consistency and habit).
On days where I do strength training, I have no trouble jumping out of bed at
7:30am, despite hitting the hay at 4am after work. I'll have a nap before work
to make up for the deficit. On off days, however, I'll often sleep right through
my wake up time and through nap time and sometimes even get up at effin' 4pm.
So while I know that I work best on much less sleep, morning-Kaito is an idiot.
So I'm using Beeminder to provide concrete motivation to get myself out of bed.
My desired sleep schedule looks something like this:
- Mon, Wed, Fri: Sleep 2:30-7:30 for 4:30 of effective core sleep, and nap
14:00-16:00 for another 90 minutes of effective sleep, putting me square at 6
- Tue, Thu: Sleep 2:30-9:00 and nap 14:00-16:00 for an effective 7:30 of sleep.
- Sat, Sun: I get home at least an hour later on friday and saturday nights, so
being in bed by 2:30 is usually not doable. Next sleep-cycle friendly time
slot is 4:00-9:00 for 4:30 of sleep. Nap as usual 14:00-16:00 for a total 6
hours of sleep.
- If that mess wasn't enough to make you question my sanity, I sometimes have
'extra shitty shift', which has me go in two hours early, shifting my nap
Trying to turn that into a bunch of 'bed in time' and 'up in time' beeminder
goals seems unnecessarily complex (said the idiot with the most insane sleep
schedule ever), so beeminding hours in bed it is.
Anyway, the weekly average effective sleep time with the above schedule is 6.42
hours, and the weekly average time in bed would be 7.42 hours, which should
approach 7 hours sharp with consistency and habit. Beeminding an average of 8
hours seems sensible and should allow for accumulation of a safety buffer, in
case I'm veritably wrecked and need the extra sleep.
This entire ordeal is paired with an NFC tag that I stuck in the kitchen next to
the coffee machine, without which the insanely annoying alarm on my phone won't
shut up. No snoozing allowed.
I'm calling this my nuclear option. I'll either get out of bed consistently, or
I'll have to live off food stamps because Beeminder will have all my money, and
my wife will have my balls because I spent all our cash oversleeping.
Wish me luck!
PS: I'm thinking of writing a little habitica-to-beeminder script to allow me to
beemind Habitica experience instead of number-of-todos. I'll post back if that