Both of those are great answers. Something that Bette said resonated with me:
A half hour doesn’t sound like much, but do it gradually, to allow your body to get accustomed to it.
I need 8 hours of sleep. In order to get “more hours” in the day, I recently tried to cut down to 7.5. A half hour seemed insignificant and I know that I can occasionally do it, but not less than 7. However, I found that I was exhausted without that subsequent half hour and so I returned to 8 hours of sleep and felt better instantly. It didn’t occur to me to start with just 10 or 15 minutes of less sleep.
That said, if I need 8 hours, I shouldn’t fight nature.
I’m also going to try implementing some of Bette’s other suggestions that I’d never thought of.
(Peer support. It works!)