I’ve just come across this article and I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it, but it certainly explains several of us on here who don’t seem to fit the regular 24 hour day/night cycle that most people fit.
I was always puzzled by the question, are you a morning person or a night time person, because I was both but everybody else seemed to be one or the other. This article explains why I’m not one or the other.
This is so helpful to me. I haven’t finished reading the whole article yet, my levels of concentration right now require frequent breaks in reading but I’m excited to see if there are any tips.
Here’s the link unstrangemind.com/
Thanks for the link. There's some interesting comments and links about autistic inertia as well.
I’m currently experiencing a full on explosion of autistic inertia but I’m currently tackling my box clearing task. It isn’t easy but highly interesting, I’m not throwing anything away even though I don’t want any of it but at least I’m facing it, I’m giving it a go and that’s good enough for me. I found the link after reading about autistic inertia so I guess the two are linked.
I did try for a period of three weeks some time ago to just go to bed when tired and eat when hungry. I soon fell out of sync with the standard 24hr cycle and I’m sure I achieved more that usual. Unfortunately work, family commitments etc obligated me to return to the straitjacket of the conventional diary. And the dog wasn't too impressed with the disruption to his walking routine.
I’m afraid I’m simply unable and unwilling to comply with the norm, regardless of the cost, which is exceedingly high. However, so are the benefits.
That’s interesting to note that when you tried the three week period, you achieved more than usual. This has been my experience ~ the less I do, the more I achieve. However, my first reaction to this idea is one of conflict, because I really do love my early to bed, early to rise routine (when I have it!) and I have that firmly fixed in my mind as the way to go and a routine to reestablish. And, I’m also planning on getting a dog at some point. However, by that point, I’ll have my optimum routine in place and the dog will fall into that.
I’m going to keep an open mind, do some more research and discuss it with my autism worker, because what I’m doing now is creating my optimum life around me and if that means ditching the 24 hour cycle, then that’s what I’ll do. I will accept nothing less than the optimum way of life for me.