Current Schedule: Core Sleep: 10pm-1am Naps: 6:00-6:20am, 11:20-11:40am, 5:40-6pm.
Grr. That 4am-6am timeframe is fairly evil. Well, I suppose it isn't in truth, but certainly my body seems to be affected by it. I was hit pretty strongly by some waves of tiredness, and in this case, allowed myself to lay down for a little bit. I've been working out a little more recently, and figured my body could use the extra rest, and so allowed myself to have some on-and-off sleep from 4:45-5:45am, until I reached my first "official" nap at 6am. Otherwise, the rest of the day went pretty well.
As I've mentioned before, I can see the usefulness of occasionally taking such an extra nap, but if it starts to become regular, one must re-evaluate their sleep schedule and determine what's best long-term. Here, I would probably be better served doing my best to avoid these unscheduled naps whenever possible, at least till I've been fully adapted for some time. This basically comes down to pushing myself to engage in the activities I've previously put together to keep me occupied and busy. Believe it or not, it's quite difficult to get your half-awake brain interested in doing something besides sleep unless it finds it *really* interesting. :P This is where the determination and commitment have to come in.
I've written myself little reminders, things like "Giving in simply prolongs the sleep dep and will delay adaptation" to hopefully help my brain understand the importance of making it through this last stretch. I'm so close to being fully adapted, and in many ways already feel like I am, but until I can reliably get through this vexing 4am-6am timeframe, I can't in good faith call myself adapted. One thing's for sure, though - I'm not giving up!
Updated vitals here.