Well, it happened. I had a nap at 1am, and still felt tired afterwards. When the next nap came around at about 3, I felt exhausted and somehow gave up on staying awake. It felt too good to just give in to the wonderful blissful sleep that tempted me. I ended up sleeping for a good 8 hours.
It’s very strange trying to get accustomed to the idea that all sleep could only be in 20 minute batches. In that part of the difficult adjustment period when you feel like a zombie, it’s very hard to resist, especially since the easiest thing to do is to do nothing. If you just lay there and sleep, your problems will be solved. Unfortunately it also means your goals will not be achieved.
I’m not ready to give up yet, however. I’m not sure if I should attempt to continue with SPAMAYL, or maybe try the Everyman 3 schedule instead (3hrs “core”, plus 3 20 minute naps throughout the day). It sounds like E3 takes longer to fully adjust to, but has a higher success rate, so maybe I’ll switch over to that. I’ll consider it for today, and pick something soon.
Edit: We’re going to try E3 with core nap from 1am – 4am, then naps at 9am, 2:30pm, 8pm. Trying an irregular all-nap approach initially might have helped us with the ability to nap and dream, but I think now we need some regularity.