Core 1 | 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Core 2 | 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Nap 1 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Overall, things have been going really well on DC1. This was one sleepy day apparently. I overslept my first core and my afternoon nap and totaled at 9 hours of sleep! I haven’t slept that much in months, since I was adjusting back to monophasic after my first bout of Everyman.
To be fair, I was visiting my parents’ home over this weekend, which is always a really relaxing and comfortable place for me (luckily). Back at home I sleep on my old waterbed (heaven) and my mom has blackout blinds all through the house because she used to work night-shift and sleep during the day.
I’m going to keep an eye on myself and see if this turns into a common thing – passing out for long periods of time after a week or two of DC1. If it is a pattern and not just a case of the comfy beds and laziness on my part, then I’ll increase my second core sleep time a little bit to make sure I’m getting enough sleep daily.
Core | 11:00 AM – 5:40 AM
Nap 1 | skipped
Nap 2 | 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM
Nap 3 | 5:20 PM – 5:40 PM
I slept right through my alarms. I had no conscious thought until I woke up at 5:40 AM – frustrated.
When I went to bed I knew waking up was going to be rough as I was very tired for the first time of this adapation. I honestly don’t know if an alarm failed to go off or if I was tired enough to not stir at all when they did go off.
I had my smartwatch alarm set for 2:30 AM, a silent phone alarm set for 2:32 AM, and a loud phone alarm set for 2:34 AM. I sleep with my phone plugged in next to my bed. This is typically more than enough to wake me up.
From now on I’m going to A) put my alarms closer together at 1 minute intervals, B) set an additional smartwatch alarm as alarm 2 and C) set another loud phone alarm as a catch all 15 minutes later.
I felt pretty good today after getting all that sleep actually. I slept well in both my naps though both took me 5 to maybe 10 minutes to fall asleep so I didn’t get as much time asleep.
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.
Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM
Nap 1 | 4:30 AM – 5:30 AM
Nap 2 | 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM
Nap 3 | 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM
I somewhat failed at staying awake today. I was in a state up until 7 that was very questionably awake… more like half napping while sitting/standing/walking. The roughest was 2:30 AM to 4:30 AM. I was “bobbing for apples” pretty much the entire time. This was different than body exhaustion and from emotional exhaustion. It is a more simple type of exhaustion. Simply, my body wanted to go to sleep really badly!
I went to the gym for a 7 AM Muay Thai class and I literally struggled to stay awake while doing a 10 minute jump roping intro. My mind wandered and slowed while my body was jumping rope. I must have hit my feet 10 times more than I typically do. Once I got into the class and somewhat tried to hit me I woke right up though!
To combat this extreme exhaustion I purposefully took longer naps. This seems to be a good tactic that doesn’t set you back on adaptation much and helps get you through really hard days. It seemed to work and by the evening I was feeling pretty good!