Polyphasic Sleep Hacking

Boost energy and productivity while sleeping less

Tag: Creativity

Day 50 | In a Rhythm with Everyman

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 5:15 AM – 5:40 AM

Nap 2 | 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Nap 3 | 4:40 PM – 5:00 PM

Today was a normal day for me in almost every way. I was really busy with work (I counted and today I put in 15 hours on my startup – holy hell!) and I felt good on Everyman! My first nap started a bit late because I got sucked into something and didn’t realize I was late getting back to bed. This first nap is my most strict one because I get up with Amanda at 5:40 AM consistently.

I have been pushing back both my 2nd and 3rd naps by about an hour to baseline them as 10 AM and 4:40 PM. I did this because I was rarely very tired at 9 AM and it allows me to make it until 10:30 or 11 PM feeling good as opposed to getting very sleepy at 10 PM and battling to stay awake that last hour or so. I’m really liking the adjustment.

Holding Strong on Everyman – Enjoying it!

My Everyman schedule is great for me! It is no longer a struggle to follow unless I mess something up in my schedule, then the next nap can be hard to wake up from… but in general it’s awesome! I have high energy levels all day right up to nap time, I’m consuming no caffeine (used to regularly drink tea), I am having high quality exercise consistently, and I’m more productive than ever before.

The worst parts are 1) having to think through social plans and my sleep schedule before committing and 2) bothering Amanda at 2:30 AM because 25-50% of the time my silent alarm doesn’t wake me up.

The best part is being awake from 2:30 to 5 AM. It’s so peaceful, I’m wide awake, and it’s my most productive and creative time of the day by far.

 

Day 41 | Exercise with Energy

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 5:45 AM – 7:00 AM

Nap 2 | Skipped

Nap 3 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

I knew I was going to miss my second nap due to social plans today, so I purposefully extended both my morning and afternoon nap. I probably could have got by just extending one, but I also could use the sleep to put the finishing touches on the flu I’ve been fighting.

Today, I had a good hard workout. I didn’t push it to 100% since I’m still getting healthy, but it was a solid workout including a lifting circuit and skill work on the bags. I felt great! Lots of energy, warmed up quickly and stayed mentally focused the entire time. Hopefully, as I get back into a steady Everyman, I’ll be able to keep my current awareness and energy level throughout all my workouts.

Day 40 | Tons of Energy!

Core | 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:40 AM

Nap 2 | 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Nap 3 | 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM

Sickness basically kicked! I felt WAY healthier today. Only a bit of coughing and snot, but most importantly my head cleared up and my energy level boosted back to non-sick levels.

I’m really optimistic after today. I think I’ve adapted and I think my schedule is quite flexible. We’ll see over the next week of being healthy and sticking to the plan :)

I was extremely productive and creative all day. I felt tired exactly three times: 10 AM, 3:55 PM, 9:45 PM. That’s perfect! My naps went flawlessly and I felt extremely revitalized after each one. In my afternoon nap, I woke up after 8 minutes (mid dream) feeling like I slept for an hour. Then, after getting another 12 minutes of sleep, I really felt good!

 

Day 27 | Back on Track!

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:40 AM

Nap 2 | 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Nap 3 | 12:50 PM – 1:05 PM

I’m back on the wagon and feeling good! It wasn’t difficult at all to get back on track waking up at 2:30 and taking a few naps. I was nervous I’d be starting from scratch after a night of oversleep.

Schedule Shifting for Work & Social

I had a group work session from 1:05 to 4:30 PM today. Then, I went out with some friends for food and to watch an NFL playoff game (the 49ers are out already, so who cares….).

Since I knew there wasn’t time for a nap with my work and social plans I decided to shift my afternoon nap earlier to be right after I had lunch. This worked really well as I felt sharp and creative for work and fun and energetic when with friends. Once 10 PM hit I was very tired, and so it was bed time.

The afternoon nap seems to be the most flexible without causing too many issues for me – which is really nice as the afternoon is typically my most socially active time as well.

 

Day 22 | Caffeine for Alertness

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:40 AM

Nap 1 | 5:20 AM – 6:00 AM

Nap 2 | 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

Nap 3 | 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

This morning I had an important meeting for work. In order to make sure I was on top of my game, I had a cup of really weak green tea at 6:30 AM before my 7 AM meeting. I wasn’t tired when I drank the tea, but I felt super alert and creative during my meeting. This is the first time during adaptation I’ve drank caffeine for a reason other than feeling dead tired and needing to stay awake.

I enjoyed light caffeine intake for alertness today. I could see this being a normal habit once I’ve become fully adapted and if I have an important event to be extra sharp for. I felt awesome all day!

Day 17 | Exercise and Adrenaline FTW

Core | 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM

Nap 1 | 5:40 AM – 6:20 AM

Nap 2 | 8:00 AM – 8:20 AM

Nap 3 | 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM

I felt tired two times today – at 8:30 AM after my first nap and at about 6 PM. Luckily, both tired spells were turned around quickly!

Hardcore Exercise

My future Brother-in-Law is a stud lacrosse player. I did his conditioning program with him today and it felt great! I have a history playing sports growing up and through college and I still stay active, but I don’t work out that hard often! It was a brutal track session with sprints, lateral agility, backpedals, etc. that was designed for athletes.  I got into the groove fast after a short jog down to the local HS track.

After the workout I felt AWESOME. It was a classic exercise afterglow with tons of energy and positivity. I need to workout harder more often I think. Hopefully recovery from this doesn’t totally screw up my sleep schedule.

Adrenaline

We had a fun Christmas Eve scavenger hunt tonight at about 7 PM. I was feeling quite tired before the hunt, but that turned around fast.

Once I was sprinting around, snapping photos, google-ing ferociously, and having a great time with family I woke right up and felt fantastic not only during the hunt but the rest of the night until bedtime at about 10:30.

Day 8 | Consistent REM Naps

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:20 AM

Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:30 AM

Nap 2 | 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Nap 3 | 5:40 PM – 6:00 PM

I’m consistently falling to sleep quickly for naps, dreaming, and feeling rested when waking up – I’m hitting REM quickly! That means my naps are efficient in revitalizing my body and are almost immediately diving into much needed REM. My body is starting to adjust to the stress I’m putting it through to help me cope long term.

Another long day required and this sleep schedule felt good again! I went snowshoeing which I’m positive helped maintain sharpness as it was quite a workout in the freezing cold. I drank two cups of tea today, though it wasn’t as bad as my mega caffeine day. I had an important work meeting in the afternoon that fell right at my normal 4 PM nap time. I stayed mentally sharp and creative via caffeine.

Awesome day, felt good overall.

Feel Better – Sleep Less

If you need to squeeze more time out of your days, feel sluggish when you wake up, or just like self-experiments – you’ve come to the right place.

Sustainable polyphasic sleep cycles can cut your sleep time in half while making you feel more energized, creative and driven. Sounds crazy right? Simply put, it works by breaking up your sleep into multiple segments per day (yay for naps!) which increases how efficiently your body uses sleep time.

My goal is to wrap up the important things I’ve learned researching and living polyphasic to help you transition to a happier and more productive you.

Get started by reading my adaptation sleep journal and checking out the resources I couldn’t have done it without! Plus much more coming soon. Comment or shoot me an email if there is something that you’d like to see on the blog or if I can help out.

My Polyphasic Sleep Journey

Transitioning to polyphasic sleep isn’t easy. It takes a lot of self-control, drive, and willingness to suffer now to benefit later.

The difficulties range from physical to emotional to social. I’m sharing my daily sleep logs, experiences and thoughts while going through adaptation to hopefully help! I’m currently on my second round of adaptation to Everyman in order to test out some strategies in search of the best adaptation methods. I started this second adaptation on Day 85 where my schedule is detailed out.

You’ll notice that my sleep logs are far from my first ideal schedule and second ideal schedule. I oversleep at times and I push through a ton of different types of struggles.