Last month I put some effort into moving to a polyphasic sleeping cycle and have had some pretty good results. With a short nap in the afternoon and another in the evening, I find myself more alert during the times when I am awake and also more creative. The nap can also be supercharged by having a cup of coffee about 15 minutes before nodding off, which results in a really clear head upon waking and a workable plan of action for the rest of the day. This is something I wish I had learned a decade ago when midday naps started becoming feasible1, as the benefits have been quite noticeable. However, when I miss the opportunities for a little rest, the mind wanders and consciousness requires a concentrated effort to maintain.
Since taking time off from the day job for Christmas and New Year, I've been pretty much the sole caretaker for the boy. Reiko has been busy with a hundred other things so the best way to help her out is to assume the bulk of the parenting duties. While this is generally no problem, it does occasionally create havoc with my sleeping patterns. When the boy will not take his nap or go to bed in the evening without a fight, then I generally stay awake from sunrise to the middle of the night, which is a foolish thing to do when the brain starts demanding a little sleep just before midnight.
As this is the final weekend before our regular routines get started again, we're trying to restore the proper rhythm of when the we do certain things. This coming week will be busy as heck as I try to catch up on two weeks worth of email and tasks while also ensuring Reiko has completed all of the time-sensitive tasks that she is responsible for as well. Hopefully this will mean that the after-lunch and after-dinner naps will become possible again, as the dizziness and momentary lapses that plague a tired mind are not at all welcome.
Working in education means that there are generally long, unpaid breaks at various times during the day. I would often put these times to use with a hobby or personal project.