Core | 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM
Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:20 AM
Nap 2 | 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM
Nap 3 | 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
Today was the 7 hour drive back home to San Francisco from Mammoth. Not my best day so far. First, the good news: I went in a natural hot springs with a beautiful view out in the high desert. The bad news: driving through ice/snow/rain while fighting to keep alert sucks and turns out is draining.
My best advice so far: BE SAFE. If you are fighting to stay awake while driving you need to do something about it. Have someone else drive if that’s an option or pull over and take a nap.
At 4 PM (nap time) I was super exhausted and was playing loud music, tapping my feet and squeezing a grip strength widget to stay somewhat alert while driving through the mountains in bad conditions. My fiance isn’t super comfortable driving my truck in bad conditions so swapping out wasn’t a good option. We did the right thing and pulled into a church parking lot, grabbed the blanket from the back seat, reclined the chairs, I threw on my face mask and we were out cold for 20 minutes.
I felt like a new man after! Moral: safety is more important than making good time.
Thankfully, I haven’t felt emotionally drained in the last 10 days… until this evening. Typically, when I get tired I get irritable and less optimistic but so far in this experiment I’ve been doing great emotionally and have felt the exhaustion physically – until now.
Everything wore on me and I really thought about quitting the adaptation.
Why the hell am I putting myself through sleep torture. I’m crazy. Be normal Eric!
But, self-control prevailed and here I am writing about it in the middle of the night
You are going to have doubts and the adaptation is going to suck at times. My recommendation is to push through with your strong will to make the decision to keep going or quit when you aren’t feeling down. Don’t decide to stop when you’re tired and worn out. Instead, set a reminder to evaluate the test the next day when you should have more of a clear mind.