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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.

Night 1

Its the morning of my first night of no monophasic sleep. The night almost seemed like a teaser for whats to come. I got all the waking hours that I would under a night of polyphasic sleep, but none of the rest. I didn’t manage to fall asleep for the first few naps, mostly tossing and turning for 20 minutes instead. However the last few had me tired enough that I fell asleep for a moment before being rudely awakened by my alarm clock.

So far my alarm clock seems to be working fine for waking me up, I’m a little worried it wont continue to work as I get more and more sleep deprived. If I feel like there’s any risk of oversleeping, I’ll set an additional alarm. Feeling a bit sleepy still, but I think this will fade away with a shower and some breakfast.

The worst is yet to come, I am certain. Tonight will be much more difficult as I’ll be running on half as much sleep!

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.

The blog I never thought I’d have…

Well, here it is, my shiny new WordPress blog! I’m sure I’ll have time to tweak it into oblivion soon. For now I might throw a theme on it…

The main purpose of this blog in the upcoming few weeks or months will be to document my Polyphasic sleep experiment. If you haven’t heard of it, you should read about it. It’s quite fascinating:
Here is the wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyphasic_sleep
and here is an interesting article on the basics: http://dustincurtis.com/sleep.html

I’ll be starting this experiment Thursday and wont be sleeping normally that night. My planned nap times are as follows:
2:30am
5:30am
9:30am
2:30pm
7:30pm
11:30pm

I’ll be undertaking this experiment at the same time as a friend of mine who I’ve managed to convince to join me. My first nap will be at 11:30pm on Thursday evening, slightly earlier than I normally go to sleep.