Did a reboot on the weekend. The reason for that was because I kept on slipping and I just couldn't hold on to it any more. After reboot, I felt great (duh...)
However, intersting thing happend that I must report here. I went to a friend's home for dinner on Sunday evening, which is last night. During the dinner, he mentioned that as part of his buddhism practice he meditates regularly. And the way he does is by slowing down his breathes and counting them. So at 9 p.m. last night, I decide to try a nap. Not feeling sleepy at all, I just start counting my breathes to pass the time. As he mentioned, he can spend 20 minutes on 200 counts, which is around 6 seconds per count. So I set 200 as my goal also, and the last count that I can now remember was somewhere in the 50's or 60's. I actually fell into deep sleep. When I was waken up by the alarm clock, I was totally disoriented and had no idea what time it was. I tried it again at my 1 a.m. nap also with success, although this time I think I reached a bit over hundred.
However, the bad news is that I didn't feel refreshed at all after 9 p.m. nap. Instead, I felt grumpy all the way till my 1 a.m. nap. I did feel a little bit better after sitting in the chair watching TV for 2 hours (which now I don' t think is a good idea).
(9:37 a.m.) Interesting, breathe counting technique, which is how now I decided to call it, really works. I was able to get in the nap, got out, then got in again. I kept waking up from the nap and continued counting somehow. I don't know why. Maybe that is part of the meditation. I regained conscious after 16 minutes and I decided to get up even though it was only half way through my 30 minutes nap. From the past experience, I always felt worse if I chose to wait for another 14 minutes for the alarm. I'll try it differently this time to see how it works.
(10:07 p.m.) So much for the "New" technique, I couldn't sleep, as usual. This is getting really frustrating. I am always feeling very tired at night and missing 9 p.m. nap always put things over the limit and I will slip some time down the road. I am really thinking of going pure polyphasic schedule just so that I can take a good 9 p.m. nap.
3:00 a.m. -- 6:00 a.m. Core sleep
9:20 a.m. -- 9:37 a.m. Short nap. I thought I went to nap at 9:00 a.m. but the egg timer cannot lie. I guess I spent 20 minutes on reading.
1:10 p.m. -- 1:40 p.m. Napped
5:00 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m. Napped
9:30 p.m. -- 10:00 p.m. Cannot sleep no matter what. Felt very frustrated.