2 Days in, and I’m wide awake

May 21st, 2011 | Tags: , ,

So a couple of days ago I decided to jump into a polyphasic sleep schedule. I had mentioned it about a year ago (strangely almost do the day) but never had the opportunity to try to adjust to the different sleep schedule. But here I am, unemployed with plenty of off time on my hands (mostly meaning I don’t have anywhere specific to be at any given time) and now would be the best time to figure this entire sleep thing out.

I knew going into this experiment that it was going to be kind of rough. I know the kind of person I am with regard to sleep and I’m forced to psych myself up every time it’s naptime or core sleep time. I used chikuru’s sleep schedule and adjusted it a little bit for myself. I needed the schedule to work with a normal-ish work day (letting me nap during lunch) and giving me time to commute if needed.

Here’s the schedule I came up with (using military time):

Core (sleep): 00:00 – 03:00 (3 hours)
Awake: 03:00 – 06:45  (3.75 hours)
Nap 1:  06:45 – 07:15 (0.5 hours)
Awake (commute/work): 07:15 – 12:30 (5.25 hours)
Nap 2: 12:30 – 13:00  (0.5 hours)
Awake (work/commute): 13:00 – 17:15 (4.25 hours)
Nap 3: 17:15 – 17:45 (0.5 hours)
Awake: 17:45 – 00:00 (6.25 hours)

Now this schedule has been modified at least twice since I came up with the initial schedule. Mostly because I’m trying to work the schedule around an imaginary work schedule as well as work it around my WoW raiding schedule (yes this is important to me). Plus I like to be awake for more hours of the middle of the night, but even as I type that schedule up I’m starting to think I either need to move my core sleep around, or rearrange some of the naps.

So far I’ve not slept through two different core sleep times, not slept through two naps, and overslept 2 naps. In the middle of day 2 I started questioning my sanity and whether or not I had the guts to actually go through with this.

There is something about sleep deprivation that makes the brain go crazy. I’ve noticed that the alarm goes off and I wake up. I know that I should actually get out of bed, but I rationalize laying there in a half sleep as being similar to being awake. Except that I’ll lay there in the half sleep for an hour and it will negate any effort I made to get myself on the schedule in the first place. My friends have said that the first couple of weeks are hell. And I’ve read elsewhere that the Everyman schedule has a much longer adjustment period than the Uberman sleep schedule. This is not factoring in the fact that I actually like to sleep. I like doing stuff more though.

Another issue I’m finding myself suffering from is the “my brain won’t turn off” syndrome. I will lay there and worry about all sorts of things that don’t matter for that moment at all. It will keep me awake as my mind writes letters to people. Or I go over all of the information I need to keep straight for my upcoming unemployment hearing. My brain then starts to worry about all of the jobs I’m not getting and trying to remind myself that no matter what happens I am actually better off not working for the hospital anymore. I am also finding that all of the activities that I enjoy doing are pretty sedentary, leaving me prone to dozing off randomly. I will need to regularly get up and walk around or something to keep myself from letting the tired take over to the point where I just sleep where I’m sitting.

The first day, after I didn’t sleep through my core, I got up when the alarm went off and decided to go for a run. At 3am. I’m not even going to lie, it was the most exhilarating thing ever. I loved how quiet the world was. That no one else was awake. That there were no cars driving around, or kids screaming, or people wandering around. The handful of cars driving at that hour didn’t bother me. I had the track all to myself and I was able to run my Couch to 5k day without a problem. I was hoping that the exercise would help me actually sleep through my nap, but it didn’t. I was wide awake during the first nap, and found myself dozing off just before lunch time. Terrible.

Despite my failure at keeping to my own schedule I’m going to keep trying. I’m hoping that I’ll slowly be able to deal with the brain being always on issue (maybe lay down a little earlier for my core and read before midnight). I might also play around with when the core actually falls within the day, since I think midnight to 3 might not work so well for me just because I like being awake then.

Polyphasic Sleep Revisted

May 17th, 2011 | Tags: ,

I’ve been stuck on this horrible sleep schedule as of late. Mostly because I like the quiet of the middle of the night. Which got me to thinking, maybe I should consider trying to get myself on a polyphasic sleep schedule.

It’s not like I’m working right now. And maybe I can find a good nap schedule to coincide with lunch-time so I might be able to keep this schedule when I do start working again.

I think some research is in order. And a decision for a start date. As soon as I figure out the best sleep schedule for me. I’m thinking everyman 3 or 4.5.

More experimentation

So first… the No Shampoo stuff. Here goes… As of last night I used real shampoo. With moving and packing I find that I’m constantly dirty and gross and nasty and I’m just not okay with it. I tried to get through it with the baking soda/citric acid combo, but my hair was just not being cooperative with this. So I broke down and used real shampoo and conditioner. This is not permanent, as the hope is that after the move is done and taken care of, the dusty, dirty boxes/stuff issue will resolve itself. I plan on going back to a No Shampoo regimen as soon as the hooplah of moving ends.

Oh another note, I think I’ve decided to take the plunge and try a Polyphasic Sleep Schedule. Particularly, the Everyman 3 (possibly 4.5 depending on the adjustment period and how well I do).

So here’s the thing. Someone linked the Uberman Sleep Schedule as a joke to just eliminate sleep altogether. When I first read it I guffawed. I mean, who eliminates sleep altogether! And how in the hell could this be healthy! But oh, it was definitely intriguing. It was so interesting. The thoughts of all of the things I could do if I had 22 hours of waking time made me want to cry with possibility. Just think about it. Do you find that you spend hours upon hours browsing the internet only to realize you forgot to cook, but now it’s almost time for sleeping and shit, what the hell am I gonna do now? 22 hours people. 22 amazing and productively blissful hours!! Then my brain processed to instant jealousy that anyone has the work schedule to allow for something like this. I had to shrug it off. I mean, work wouldn’t take to kindly to me asking for 3 chances in an 8 hour day to take naps. And what about the driving? And the week off I’d need to take for the first horribly sleep-deprived portion of adjustment??

So I kept reading. And she mentions the Everyman. The wha?! What’s this? And different type of polyphasic sleep?! What’s the schedule and how do I sign up!!

With Uberman the first couple weeks are absolutely crucial to the body’s ability to adapt. The nap schedule must be followed strictly and it’s even suggested to take time off from work/school in order to get over the hump. This is clearly out of the question as I’m saving my vacation time for Comic Con in July. I’m just sayin’, I gotta set my priorities here. While on Uberman the nap schedule becomes almost necessary to function normally. There’s very little give or take with regard to when you take them. They have to be within a few minutes or it throws the entire system out of whack.

Everyman has a lot more flexibility. It allows you to take your 3 naps within an hour of when you’ve scheduled it. You can also on the fly adjust from the Everyman 3 (which is a Core sleep of 3 hours and 3-4 twenty/thirty minute naps throughout the day) to the Everyman 4.5 (Core sleep of 4.5 hours and 1-2 twenty/thirty minute nap(s)). There’s a longer adjustment period (up to a month or more) but no need to take a week or two of off work in order to get over it.

Days 3 and 4 are still the hardest when you’ve finally hit the true Sleep Deprivation mode. Ah well, I know how that goes. I get that kind of groggy, wtf am I doing at work feeling with monophasic sleep (the traditional being awake for 16-ish hours a day of productivity and 8-ish hours of sleep). Though really, who actually gets the alloted 8 hours a night? I know I don’t! And I’m tired as hell because of it!

So my plan is to pick a week… maybe one in June, and see if I can’t make this happen. I always am struggling to find time to do things I want and like to do with free time. It always ends up being a This -or- that instead of a little of each. I want to crochet/knit more, but then I can’t play WoW. If I play WoW then I can’t crochet/knit. It’s a catch 22. Plus all the random internet reading, blogging, researching, randomness. Plus I’d like to go tot he gym. Maybe. One day.

I’ve worked up a schedule using chikuru’s sleep schedule as a guide. Because really I hate mornings and would much rather have more time during the dark parts of the day to do stuff than any other. Plus, I have to consider work and commuting into the equation. So my plan is to have my core between 4am and 7am, the first nap at noon (during my lunch), 2nd nap after I get home from work, and the 3rd nap at 11pm-midnight-ish.

Once I start this I’m gonna have to try to be better about, y’know, not snoozing alarms and actually getting up. Also, not oversleeping.