Core | 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:40 AM
Nap 2 | 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Nap 3 | 4:50 PM – 5:10 PM
I’m feeling a lot better today after getting tons of rest over the last few days. I’m not totally healthy as I still have running nose, cough, and headache, but my energy level and mental clarity is way better and I can tell I’m on the upswing.
It was extremely easy getting back into my normal schedule since I kept the same core throughout my rest period!
I also am grateful for the early bed times the last few nights and I see how that can make a big impact.
Sleeping to Fight Sickness
First off, in my opinion there are two levels of sickness: 1 where you feel a bug coming on and are fighting it off or have a mild flu, and the other when you feel like you’ve been hit by a freight train. If you have the more mild type one that you are trying to fight off, I highly recommend maintaining the same core length and extending or adding naps as much as necessary to get enough sleep to combat the sickness. This will make it extremely easy to convert back to your schedule when your health is back. However, if you have the more severe type two sickness, throw the entire polyphasic thing out the window and just stay in bed as much as you need (or even as much as you can!). It’s better to be completely out of commission for a couple days than to have a lingering sickness for weeks. Adapting back to your schedule won’t be too bad as you’ve already trained your body to get into REM fast and you’ve proven you have the self-discipline.