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September 1st, 2010:

The last night of sleep

Tonight will be the last time sleeping normally for as long as this experiment continues. I must say, I’m pretty excited to start this, I’m quite curious to see how well my body adapts to such a sudden and drastic change in sleep schedule. The good news is that my sore throat that has been residual for a few weeks is continuing to subside. I was a little worried about how it might be affected by the sleep deprivation.

My girlfriend has expressed minor disappointment at the prospect that I’ll be a zombie all weekend including the holiday on Monday. Although I do suspect that I’ll be tired, I plan on being as active as possible not only to help me keep myself awake, but also to try to convince my body that it needs to adjust quickly.

This particular weekend has been chosen especially because of the holiday, the objective being to minimize the zombie effect during working hours. I expect to function well enough Friday as I’ll have only missed one night of sleep. Saturday will probably be the worst followed by Sunday which could be just as bad contingent on how quickly I adjust to the point that I get my first REM cycle during a nap.

If all goes well, by working hours on Tuesday I’ll be adjusted enough to function at reasonable capacity. From reference materials and other blogs that I’ve read regarding this transition, I can expect to mostly adapt to the new schedule in  four to eight days.