Yesterday morning I slept until 7:30, my old regular wake-up time.
I had a late night coming back from giving squash lessons, with an end-of-term portfolio day at my kindergarten job the next day.
I figured operating on four hours of sleep would have caused problems.
Apart from that I’ve been rising at 5am every day. However, my morning time before work has been less productive.
For the past 7 days I’ve been experimenting with a hack to reset my body-clock.
From my personal experience, it didn’t seem to do anything.
It seemed to have the reverse effect, making me want to stay up longer than usual. I followed the guidelines strictly, even forgoing a mighty feist, relegated to watching a group of friends eat heartily.
What I noticed, despite drinking more water than usual, was how dehydrated I am.
It might be a factor of the fasting itself.
Either way, I will continue with intermittent fasting (and more water-drinking).
With fasting, it becomes obvious how much eating is a tool to distract us from doing our one thing, just to consume time because it’s ‘food-time’.
While practicing mindfulness at a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat, the approach includes not eating in the evenings – precisely to prevent yourself from getting distracted.
Anyway, I’m eating in the evenings lightly and feeling enthusiastic about getting up at 5am.