While choosing goals for the 2013 I Ho Chuan year, I was concerned that I would fall into the trap of “just get out of bed an hour earlier” or variations on that theme. I have found that for optimum performance, I need to average about 7.5 hours of sleep a night. Without this much sleep, averaged over a week or so, I notice a few things, such as my ability to focus drops, and my wife reports that I may become slightly “crabby”. I have never noticed the crabby part, but I do know that I become somewhat more cynical, and also let my “inside” voice out more than I should. I have survived on less than 4 hours of sleep a night while in military boot camp but that was partially an exercise in brainwashing (stress tests) combined with behavior control.
As I still need to keep a paying job, with all the perks of a steady income, and I do like being married to my wife, sleep must be accounted for. At some point in the future, I may become enlightened enough to control my body to the point that I need less sleep, but I also want to sleep in a warm bed until that time. I ask others who are contemplating their next year’s goals to ask themselves what boundaries they need to protect, encourage or set in order that their real goals can be accomplished.