TSS#50 – How to unfuck your sleep schedule

In today’s Stray Sheep we’ll talk about resetting your sleep schedule and how to tackle that. I’m proficient in this as I’ve reset my sleep schedule quite often and hence, I’m letting y’all know how I do things!

So, my sleep schedule is fucked right now and alas I’m trying to unfuck it. But how does one tackle such an enormous task as to unfuck something that has been fucked so much that you can’t sleep at night and flat out become nocturnal?

EDIT: Don’t do this too often or it can cause some serious damage. Sleep pills can work but often have side effects. Instead just try to sleep at a normal time with your phone at the other end of the room and an alarm set up properly. This post is more of a joke post. When you reset your sleep schedule this way you won’t be able to make up the missing sleep on the next day or the day after that and hence you’ll probably still feel bad – or not. Either way, every now and then this method may be extreme but still work. Other time it’s really not good.

Well, first things first: You need to sleep as usual and try to fix it the normal way by going to sleep at a “normal” time (aka before midnight). If that doesn’t work, you’ll stay up for the whole night. Do whatever you want during that time and keep yourself busy. You can drink coffee if you want to. Don’t go for drinks as they make you sleepy. Being sleepy is not something that you want, no matter how weird that may sound.

When I try to sleep

Our goal is to stay up for a whole night and day until the appropriate time to sleep, after all!

Now, during the night you want to be awake but don’t be restless – I mean reckless! Naps are your enemy. Don’t trust naps. Naps will kill you in your sleep and fuck you up real bad.
Instead, aim for anything involving a screen or monitor to fuck up your eyes as well. Turn off the blue light filter and work on your blogs, streams, videos, play games, watch shows and stay awake. Important here: Don’t get the cozy blanket out. Blankets are death. Blankets are evil! They’ll make you feel comfortable and that’s gonna hurt you. Instead opt in for clothing that is appropriate for this adventure. Something that is breezy but not too breezy. You don’t want to catch a cold but you also don’t want to feel warm enough to fall asleep at your desk.

Next up, you gotta know that coffee makes you feel tired and has other unpleasant side-effects. Coffee surely wakes you up, so one cup or a can (depending on you) should be alright for a night/day BUT the first few minutes you’ll feel sleepier than usual and alas you’re going to fall asleep a lot better. Now, that might sound quite good for when you want to sleep but as you don’t exactly know when it’s going to kick in, you don’t always want a cup of coffee before you go to sleep. Instead, go for it after you’ve slept.

So, coffee makes you feel a bit sleepy, so don’t lay down – even for “just five minutes”. Naps are evil chaotic while coffee is chaotic neutral. (I guess?)

Once you’ve had your caffeine from your caffeine-source of choice (be it tea, energy drinks, coffee or others) you’ll want to stay hydrated. Caffeine dehydrates you and dehydration makes you feel shit, dizzy or sleepy. You don’t want any of that. Also, you probably know this but, don’t have too much caffeine or you’ll be so hyped up that you’ll punch a hole in the toilet bowl. You don’t want that.

Over the day go for plenty of stretches and take a few steps through your flat or place of choice. Don’t go outside too much though because of COVID-19. You may not care about your health but you don’t want to risk those elderly people that you love and care about.
Staying at least a bit active on the movement side of things is important as your body doesn’t get time to relax. If you move too much or even strain your body, your body will be tense at first and relax later when you sit down. That may be quite bad for you as you don’t want to relax too much and fall asleep at your desk or place of choice.

While the day is going on, you should try to drink plenty of water as that will naturally keep you awake.

You may want to wash your face every few hours to keep your eyes open and you may want to get fresh air into your room to keep your head up.

Once it’s all over and once you’re slowly approaching that nice little thing named “9 pm” or her sister “10 pm” or her brother “11 pm” or her parent of choice named “midnight”, you’ll want to relax again. So, go for a warm shower, listen to some relaxing music, slide into your most comfy bed-wear of choice and eventually head into your sleeping spot of choice, be it your bed, your wardrobe or your torture chamber. The choice is up to you and nobody will judge you for being comfortable in whatever shithole you sleep.

When I think about all the sleep I could have

Before you sleep, you shouldn’t eat too much. Also, warm milk with honey sounds like a good idea as a last drink before the sleep but don’t overdo it as too much milk will fill you up quite easily again. Also, don’t drink before you wanna head to bed again as you won’t want to get up again in the mornings. Last but not least, don’t forget to turn on the blue filters a few hours before going to sleep or – even better – don’t use a monitor or screen at all before going to sleep as it will keep you up a lot more than usual. Oh, and don’t forget your alarm.

I need about six to eight hours to function properly. Therefore I’ll have to go to sleep around midnight tonight and wake up around seven to eight in the morning or possibly go for another one or two hours to catch those extra hours I’ve been missing out on.

I hope you enjoyed the strong language and this guide to unfucking your sleep schedule.

Good luck with your sleep! I’m super exhausted as of late and maybe going to bed at the same time every day and waking up at the same time might help me out feel less tired. We’ll see. Hence, I’m resetting my sleep schedule right now and writing this post (and a review) for you guys.

Stay home! Stay safe! Stay healthy!

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

The Stray Sheep #36 – en passant 2

It’s been a while that I slept well and it’s also been a while since I posted anything. “Coincidence? I think not.”

For the past couple of days, I didn’t sleep at all at night or woke up way too early, leading to me getting tired at Uni, then coming home, falling asleep on my desk, then waking up in the night (kinda well-rested), working on Uni-stuff at night and not getting to blog at all, lately. 

So, yesterday I then ended up pulling an all-nighter in order to fix my sleep schedule. It’s been hard. I really needed the sleep. During the day, I had a geometry-lecture that I went to before going back home and trying to stay awake until at least 10 pm before then going to sleep. The result was me waking up 2 am (unlucky) but still getting to fall asleep again. It’s nearly 8 am right now. I got ready for my next Uni classes, got my coffee machine running and I should have my sleep schedule fixed for now. I hope it stays that way. 

At least I got to work on a few reviews in the sleepless time BUT I figured that I shouldn’t post them yet for several reasons – mainly as they’re not that good yet and one of them is scheduled for November 2nd for the sake of fitting a certain Mexican holiday. I hope you don’t mind that you’ve got to wait for that one but I’m sure it’s going to be great. 

Yesterday I also got to play Beat Cop, which I really enjoyed. A review on that should follow soon as well, so stay tuned for that one. 

This weekend is going to be quite interesting as well, btw. Tomorrow I’ll get introduced to my girlfriend’s grandparents, which I’m quite happy about and which is one of many reasons why I had to fix my sleep schedule as soon as possible. 

On Sunday, I’ll go to a tarantula convention. I hate spiders (as you probably already know). I’m really afraid of them, so I hope that having some tarantulas and other spiders put on my hand or seeing them up close helps me overcome my fear. It wasn’t my idea but it sounded like a good one. I’m already shivering at the thought of it, but I’m sure it will go well…. or get worse. Who knows? 

So, I’ll cover Beat Cop soon on my blog and then work on other game reviews for titles like The Great Swindle! There’re also some other drafts laying around that I still need to work on. One of them is about one of my favourite decks in Legends of Runeterra that is similar to the Bomb Warrior in Hearthstone. I’m really excited for that one but I cannot post about it for now as the next preview patch of Legends of Runeterra is available in a few weeks and the last one has already ended. 

Another thing I wanted to talk about is the fact that I’ll get into streaming soon! I’m currently saving for a new PC and right now only waiting for the money to arrive (four more days?) so that I can order the remaining parts. Apparently, the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti is really overkilling what I plan to do spec-wise, meaning that I won’t need an upgrade in quite some time… but it also is really cheap right now, so I can’t complain too much about it. 

Once that PC is ready and set up, I’ll be able to stream games on Twitch every now and then. I’m really excited about that as I’m planning to do some sort of “Live Reviews” format where I play a game for the first time and post about it afterwards on my blog. With my current laptop, I wasn’t really able to post any more “Late to the Party” posts without encountering game crashes, FPS-drops, and other problems, so there’re going to be a lot more posts in that column! 

But why do I want to stream?

Well, I first encountered Twitch when I saw that ChestNut from the Blaugust-community is also on Twitch. To date, I still haven’t seen her streams nor do I know what kind of person she is but she seemed friendly on the Blaugust Discord, so I figured “Why not just search for her?”.

When I wanted to check out her stream, though, she was hosting a channel called Aeyvi which was rather small at the time, had a comfortable atmosphere going on and was pretty nice! There have been no trolls and I not only got to talk to the streamer herself but also other people in the chat without getting “spammed away”. When I mentioned me getting a new PC, I got referred to Jimb0 who is really great at tech-stuff! Hence, I followed and eventually also subbed to him as he makes great content on Twitch and, again, has a great community.

Another day he ended up raiding a streamer called XilentFlex who’s also great and very positive! I now basically hang out at these guys’ streams nearly every day, or watch JustKt_HursheyCrispLazyLJButterscotch_27FaustDaimos, SymastusYawwn_SoloPersephoneSeas, and other streamers. I like these streamers and their communities a lot and haven’t encountered any sort of toxicity in their streams, mainly as most of them are in the Plant Army stream team who are very inclusive and friendly. 

So eventually I decided that I wanted to stream, too, as a hobby and combine it with my blog, resulting in me being to broadcast Indie Games to more people which helps smaller devs. On top of that, I’d also be able to provide reviews with a Vod of actual gameplay, improving my reviews and my blog overall! I think that might be interesting. 

So, that’s today’s little update. I hope you all don’t mess up your sleep schedule and I hope that you’ve got some great days ahead of yours!

Carpe Diem or something!

PS: If you want to follow any of those people on Twitch, tell them that Magi sent ya (hehe). Jokes aside, I linked their twitch accounts on their names and if you look up my twitter, I also linked their twitter accounts over there in a thread about this post.