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.
Core | 12:30 AM – 4:00 AM
Nap 1 | 5:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Nap 2 | Missed
Nap 3 | 7:00 PM – 7:20 PM
I already fell off the consistent schedule wagon. A (super helpful!) all-day conference left me with few options. I also had an emergency at work that kept me up late working, which didn’t help.
Instead of letting my late night eat into my core time, I shifted my entire core back. It was really easy to fall asleep for my core (exhausted) but getting up at 4 AM was extremely difficult. Due to my conference schedule I had no time for a second nap. In order to prepare, I took a 1.5 hour first nap. Both these adjustments worked out fairly well I think though this was certainly my toughest day so far.
I needed lots of caffeine mid-morning and early afternoon to make it through the conference with any sort of mental sharpness. I know that I need to stop this trend of increasing caffeine intake to make it through the day, but I haven’t had a choice yet.
One seemingly successful note from the day is that I ate many small meals which helped my hunger level and energy steadiness.
Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM
Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:20 AM
Nap 2 | 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
Nap 3 | 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM
The good news is that I successfully exercised and it felt great. Once I got moving, the workout went really well. I felt mentally and physically sharp. Afterward, I felt the same exercise afterglow with lots of positive energy.
A New Kind of Tired
This isn’t the same type of tired. Typically, when I get sleep deprived I get irritable and ’emotionally tired.’ That’s how I know I need to play sleep catch up.
I felt something totally different. I’m emotionally sharp but noticed physical effects today. For example, I missed light switches when walking into/out of rooms in the house way more than typical. I also literally fell over putting my jeans on after a shower. You know, the classic leg gets stuck tip over move. That happens to me about once every 3 years and it happened today…
My concept of time and days again were completely off today – that’s a weird feeling. It effected what sounded good to eat and also when and how much to eat. I also had some tea mid day to get through some mental grogginess and accomplish some required work.