It is 5:06am as I begin to write this. Any minute now I’ll be off to bed. My alarm is set for 9am and I have to teach my first T'ai-Chi lesson at 10am. I’ll probably be a little late for that first one…And then I have 3 more lessons to teach, which will take me until somewhere around 2pm. I might have lunch with my last student as that is often our custom if he happens to be free. After lunch, whether with my friend or back here at our apartment, I’ll check my emails and go back to bed. I’ll probably sleep from about 3 or 4pm until about 6pm. At that point I’ll get up, check my email again, maybe have a cup of green tea and then get ready to start recording my newest album, “Where I Belong”. My engineer and friend Tom Freeman will pick me up around 7pm and take me to his home studio and before too long we’ll get started. I’m hoping to get satisfactory takes on 15 songs in this session and believe it or not that’s pretty doable. I’ve done it before. I’ll at least take good shots at all of them and we’ll probably be done around midnight or so.
I’ll come home, probably pretty energized from the session and start working on some aspect of one or another of my various creative projects. I’ll end up going to bed somewhere between 4-6am and then I’ll do something like this again, except that the evening will not be spent recording but co-hosting an Open Mike. Believe it or not, this kind of schedule is actually feeling really good.
I've always been a night owl, ever since I can remember. Anytime my schedule would permit it, I'd shift to going to bed at 5am and getting up at noon. I've been struggling for years trying to reconcile my nocturnal nature with the demands of a diurnal world. This is by far the best compromise I've come up with yet. I’m getting between 4-6 hours of sleep at night, usually going to bed between 3-6am, and then I’m getting another 2-3 hours in the afternoon or early evening. So far it’s been a few months and I’m liking it, as well as getting used to it. I find I'm a little tired when I first wake up, but before long I'm good to go. I definitely crash majorly in the afternoon and need to go down for at least 2 hours then. It’s funny not getting all my sleep at once…and splitting it into two sections. The afternoon one is not just a “nap”, I really go to sleep. In fact the afternoon sleep sometimes feels more like “going to bed” and the early morning sleep sometimes feels like the nap. Anyway, so far so good.
I’m wondering if anyone else out there is also experimenting with non-orthodox sleeping patterns. Please don’t refer me to a website or some study about this. I can search those myself when I’m interested in doing that. I’m more interested in first hand accounts from people I might actually know or who are at least within my circle of contacts.