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I am writing about rebuilding my sleep schedule and looking for a word meaning doing things arbitrarily with no control whatsoever.

I started __________, putting off sleep and waking up whenever I felt like, except for mornings that I had work.

Is indulging or overindulging appropriate? What word would you use?

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  • haphazardly means what you ask for, but doesn’t go in the sentence. – Jim Jun 29 at 17:51
  • @jim On the contrary, haphazardly fits perfectly—and I was just about to turn that into an answer when the question was closed . . . – Jason Bassford Jun 29 at 19:46
  • @JasonBassford - Yeah, I agree. The reason I said it didn’t was because it significantly changes the direction that, I think, OP was headed in (based on the indulging/overindulging question). – Jim Jun 29 at 19:50
  • @Jim Thanks so much. How would you use it in this case. Could you please give me an example with a rephrased structure? – mfg Jun 30 at 0:37
  • @JasonBassford Thanks so much. How would you use it in this case. Could you please give me an example with a rephrased structure? – mfg Jun 30 at 0:38
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I'd suggest freewheel:

freewheel ... intransitive verb

2 : to move, live, or play freely or irresponsibly

[Merriam-Webster]

I started freewheeling – putting off sleep and waking up whenever I felt like [it], except for mornings that I had work.

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Drifting or floundering would both work. Drifting would be better here because it fits in with the idea of sleep.

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I don't have a word that fits well in the blank, but maybe:

I abandoned discipline, putting off sleep and waking up whenever I felt like, except on mornings when I had to work.

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