I’ve said it before, and now that the week’s testing is complete, I think I can say it with some confidence.
This experiment was not at all what I expected, but I think that the failure was in the design of the experiment rather than the experiment itself.
Essentially, in the face of a very stressful week, I changed my time schedule and cut out my exercise time
That’s a poor strategy in the best of times, but in the face of more stress, it’s even worse. So, I ended up sacrificing sleep quality over the last week even when I increased sleep quantity. On Friday, when I made more time for exercise, my sleep quality shot back up.
Do I regret that I got more sleep? No. If I had gotten less sleep that was equally poor quality, I’d definitely be in worse shape.
However, based on the fact that the experiment was impacted by something beyond the scope of what I had designed, I think it’s fair to say this one requires a repeat some time in the future.
Well, even if I didn’t answer the question I started the last week with, the true purpose of these happiness experiments is learning, and I certainly did learn a few things over the course of this experiment.
I’ll summarize everything I learned over my last 10 happiness experiments in the next post.