Today is the day!
After a long weekend of celebrating I’m exhausted. I don’t have a particularly hard work week ahead of me and now is the time.
I successfully convinced my very understanding fiance that I’m not crazy and she’s supportive of the experiment. The plan is to give the Everyman Polyphasic sleep cycle on month and make a decision to keep going with Everyman, try another polyphasic schedule, or go back to monophasic at that time.
My Sleep Schedule
Thankfully I have a really flexible (although demanding) job that lets me basically sleep whenever I want and work whenever I want as long as everything gets done and the needle moves up and to the right. However, my job and life are also pretty variable from day-to-day and week-to-week which will make it more difficult to stick to a consistent schedule.
Here is my starting target Everyman polyphasic sleep schedule:
Core | 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:20 AM
Nap 2 | 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
Nap 3 | 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
This is an experiment. This ideal schedule may change slightly in the next month and I guarantee I won’t hit it as many days as I’ll miss – but it’s a good starting point. The total amount of sleep per day on this schedule is 4.5 hours. That’s about three hours less than I typically sleep now!
After my first day on the cycle I feel damn optimistic! My naps seemed to come at the right times of the day for the most part and I’m excited about getting started.
Nap 1 consisted of laying in bed wishing I could sleep with my mind racing a mile a minute with work thoughts after spending a few hours being super productive in the middle of the night. I also didn’t drink any caffeine today – caffeine minimization should help me sleep much better. Instead of my normal tea I drank plain hot water.
I had no clue what to eat and when. Do I eat bacon and eggs at 2 AM or do I eat that leftover Thai in the fridge at 9 AM when it sounds delicious?
I also really struggled with what day it was everytime I woke up from a nap. I’m not used to napping and it was really odd. When my fiance got home from work it seemed like a few days had passed since she left.
Typically, I’m an active person. I do Muay Thai, run, or circuit train 5 or 6 days a week. I wonder if exercising would get my body going to much to be able to nap? I don’t have to worry about that for a couple days as I’m resting a nagging abdominal injury at the moment.