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September 4th, 2010:

Night 2

Today went pretty well overall. This morning I had a breakfast, something for which I haven’t really had time the past few weeks. I napped before leaving for work and was able to stay very productive during the first half of the day until about lunch time. I began to feel very sleepy and even after lunch, the sensation only intensified. However, about an hour after lunch (and my after lunch nap) I suddenly felt fully alert again having adequately absorbed my lunch. The rest of the day passed just as productively.

After my afternoon nap, I went out to dinner. Driving feels a bit more difficult under the sleep deprivation, I have been making extra sure to keep very alert and remain undivided in my attention so as to minimize the hazard.

All in all, the adjustment has been going relatively uneventfully. I still don’t think that I have had a REM cycle during my naps, although I’ve woken from my naps feeling neither groggy nor alert. If anything, my state of alertness seems more correlated to my recent meals than anything else. I normally find myself waking from the naps quickly and easily feeling not too much different from when I went to sleep originally.

I’ve found it more and more easy to fall asleep quickly and I wake from my naps with the distinct feeling that time has passed, although often it feels as if the time passing exceeds the actual 20 minutes that I’m setting my alarm for. I have been pleasantly surprised at how little trouble I am having waking up to my alarms. When originally contemplating this experiment,  I had planned on getting an alarm clock and even a watch to set redundant alarms. I have yet to feel the need for anything further to prevent oversleeping.

If anything the most palpable threat has been that of falling asleep again after disabling my alarm while laying in bed for a few moments collecting myself. To combat this, I make an effort to hop out of bed and immediately make myself active.