[Update: It has been a while since I posted to the blog. Everything is fine. Life has a habit of getting in the way. Also, at the time my initial desire for the blog was finished. I didn’t know what else to write. Now, I have something to write about. Several things in fact.]
Before getting to my current experiment, here is my previous article about polyphasic sleep.
For years I have toyed with the idea of living on a polyphasic sleep schedule. Wondering what it would be like to convert to the Uberman and sleep 2 hours a day. I would draft up a sleep schedule. Tell myself that I would do it. Then, life would happen and I would make an excuse. In the end, the excuses won out.
All that changed on December 3, 2012 when I finished my first day of polyphasic sleep. After weighing several options I decided on the Everyman 2-nap. This schedule is also known as the Everyman 4 due to the 4.5 hour core sleep period. In addtion to your core sleep you have two 20 minute naps during the day. From the reading I have done it seemed to provide the best balance and flexibility. Listed below is my schedule:
Core Sleep: Midnight to 4:30 AM
Nap 1: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Nap 2: 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
I block out 30 minutes for my naps, because it takes time to get earplugs in and get settled.
I am only two days in, but the transition has not been too rough. Waking up at 4:30 is not the problem. Getting out of bed is the problem. While it is a bit early to give my overall impressions I do want to post my notes from the past two days. I will also be writing more articles as I adapt to the schedule.
Core: Sleep solid, but felt a little groggy when the alarm went off. After getting up and making breakfast I didn’t feel any different than on a normal morning
Nap1: I was tired when the nap window happened, but was unable to get sleep during the 20 minutes. However, once the alarm went off I felt rested
Nap2: Better than nap1, but kept waking up because I thought I was snoring. I remember seeing hypnagogic imagery, but estimate that I was slept only 5 min.
Core: Got into bed a little late so my core sleep period was a bit abbreviated. It took a while to convince my body to get out of bed. However, I was fine once I was up.
Nap1: Had trouble getting to sleep and believe the culprit is my morning tea. I am going to move it after tomorrow. Once again only got about 5 minutes
Nap2: Was able to relax faster, but felt like I was still awake. However, I remember jarring myself awake right before my alarm would have gone off. Possibly asleep for 10 minutes.
I would like to point out some resources that have been great for me in getting started. The first is the article by Dustin Curtis. Its a great place to start and is the bulk of the information relating to polyphasic sleep in Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Body. The second resource is the website/blog/forum Try Polyphasic. I read for weeks to determine how to space out my naps, what worked, and what to expect when adapting.
That’s it. Let the experiment begin!