Polyphasic Sleep Hacking

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Day 164 | End of DC1 (for now)

Core 1 | 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Core 2 | 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Nap 1 | 2:15 PM – 2:35 PM

Even though I haven’t checked in on this blog in a little while, I’ve been really enjoying Dual Core 1 polyphasic sleep! This was the first time on polyphasic sleep that I really found a rhythm that wasn’t difficult to keep up. On Everyman, it was really hard to get out of bed about half the time (the other half I jumped right up). But on DC1 I’d say it was only really hard to get up about 10-15% of the time. Typically, these difficulties were tied to my inconsistency, like a really late nap or having a few drinks before bed.

If you’re enjoying it so much, why are you stopping DC1 you ask?

A few reasons:

  • I have a week long trip to Yellowstone coming up in 1 month that I’m really excited for! I’ve learned it’s hard to keep polyphasic on vacations spent with a lot of other people…
  • I’m picking up my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and I want to gain about 5 pounds of muscle & boost my strength before I go on the trip. It’s hard to lift heavy and gain muscle on polyphasic
  • Honestly, after almost 6 months of sleeping polyphasic, I’m tired of napping and always being conscious of time and when my next nap needs to be. I just want a break.

I’ll circle back in a couple weeks of sleeping monophasic again and report back! I think in a couple months I’ll jump back on the polyphasic train and I’d still love to create the polyphasic adaptation guide! I wish I had one when I was first starting…


Thanks for always following along and being supportive!

Day 128 | Afternoon Nap Shifting

Core 1 | 10:45 PM – 2:15 AM

Core 2 | 5:30 AM – 7:00 AM

Nap 1 | 3:40 PM – 4:00 PM

I’ve been struggling with two things on the new schedule (it’s only been 5 days, so I know a few struggles are to be expected). The first is going to bed early and consistent. I had a filled and long weekend and I always struggle saying no to social invites in preference of sleep. That’s a flaw of mine when it comes to polyphasic sleep.

The second struggle I didn’t expect as much. That is finding a good time in my schedule for my afternoon nap. I really liked on my last everyman round having a noon nap and a 5 pm nap. These signified time to each lunch and time “end my work day” or at least take a break before doing some moonlighting.

Now, with one less nap, it should come around 6-7 hours after I wake up from my second core, which would put the nap around 1:30 – 2:30 PM. That’s an awkward time for me. Having naps in transitional periods is really nice for me, and that time just isn’t working out.

I think the best approach I can take to gain some stability in this nap time is to adjust my overall schedule to make this time a transition. For example, I can each basically two lunches, one small one at around 11 AM when I typically first get hungry after breakfast and then have another lunch after I wake up from my nap around 2 pm… I’m not sure this is the best schedule shift, but I’m going to make some schedule changes for sure.

Day 110 | More Adaptation

Core | 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM

Nap 1 | 6:20 AM – 7:00 AM

Nap 2 | 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Nap 3 | 2:10 PM – 2:30 PM

I had some work and social things going on today, so I squeezed my naps earlier in the day. It worked out pretty well except that I got tired earlier than normal.. by about 10PM I was definitely ready for bed.

In 5 days I leave for a 4 day back country camping trip with a bunch of friends (Nature is neat). We’re going to Death Valley, CA. Being awake for 3 hours in the middle of the night in the high dessert while everyone else is passed out sounds very difficult and miserable. Getting naps during the day while our group of 10 is on an adventure would be difficult too.

So, I’m going to use this opportunity to do more experimenting! I’m going to transition back to monophasic in the next couple days – once I get my to-do list onto one page :)

Then, once I get back from the trip I’m going to adapt straight into Dual Core 1 (DC1) sleep. I’m not sure what my schedule will be like exactly yet, but it’ll be around 3.5 hr core at dusk, 1.5 hr core at dawn, and one 20 minute nap in the afternoon. This will be an awesome test of the adaptation principles I’ve developed through research and experience. I’m sure I’ll be tweaking things with what I learn!

Experimenting with DC1 will be interesting because it will be only my second type of polyphasic sleep. I’ve fairly successfully experimented with E3 for the last few months (especially my second time around), but I want to test if the same step-by-step methods for adaptation can be applied to DC1 that I’ve applied to E3.

Thanks for your continued support and feedback – you guys rule!

Day 103 | In a Routine

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 6:10 AM – 6:50 AM

Nap 2 | 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Nap 3 | 4:40 PM – 5:00 PM

I’ve been in my routine and feeling great the last few days! I’m a big fan of my sleep schedule. The biggest changes I’ve consciously made this time around that have made a huge difference are:

  • Taking my naps in bed where I sleep better
  • Setting more alarms so I’m not worried about waking up when I’m falling asleep
  • Setting my schedule to be more evenly distributed and not having more than 6 waking hours straight
  • Placing my naps at transition times in my day, like right before lunch, etc.

Those are the biggest ones. One interesting thing is that I haven’t been working out nearly as hard this time around (thanks to an ailing ankle injury). I wonder how much this lack of hard exercise accounts for me feeling a lot better both mentally and physically on polyphasic sleep right now.

Days 95 & 96 | Normal and Not

Day 95

Core | 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Nap 1 | 6:20 AM – 7:00 AM

Nap 2 | 12:00 PM – 12:20 PM

Nap 3 | 4:50 PM – 5:10 PM

Day 96

Core | 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Nap 1 | 6:20 AM – 8:00 AM

Nap 2 | 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Nap 3 | 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM

I had two opposite days back to back. Thursday was a wonderful day on polyphasic. I slept on time, went right to bed, felt energized, etc. I got an insane amount of work done.

On Friday however,  I can’t say the same. I couldn’t sleep much at all in my core. Partly my fault and partly due to my fiance not feeling well at all. So, I probably slept a total of 1.5-2 hours even though I was in bed for 3.5. This is rare for me these days, my core is usually straight to sleep and not waking up once.

Due to this, I was exhausted by the time my first nap came on and even though I set my alarms for 40 minutes, I had zero hope of waking up. Honestly, I wasn’t even disappointed as I felt so much better when I woke up from that first long nap. Typically, on oversleeps I feel groggy when I wake up, but I think I needed this one as I felt really good waking up and for the rest of the day.

My remaining naps were difficult I think due to the oversleep. I probably got a total of 10 minutes in the two combined. Putting my head down last night for my core felt FANTASTIC I’ll tell ya.


Day 94 | Adjustments

Core | 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Nap 1 | 6:10 AM – 6:50 AM

Nap 2 | 12:20 PM – 12:40 PM

Nap 3 | 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

I felt good today. I had a busy and unique day, but I adjusted well and felt good.

Mainly, my third nap was pushed up about an hour due to a meeting I had in the afternoon. Also, this nap took place in my truck with the seat back, window cracked, mask on, classic music playing, and arms folded across my chest. In my last go at Everyman, I slept anywhere and everywhere. I didn’t think it mattered much and was impressed I could get REM anywhere. Now, in my last 10 days or so this is my first nap not in my bed. I sleep way faster, deeper, better in my bed than elsewhere I’ve learned. And that’s important.

BUT, in special circumstances, being able to get even a mediocre 20 minute nap in a car, under desk, train station, etc. is a good skill to master.

I felt good into the evening spending time with friends and answering some inquisitive questions from a couple friends who learned about my strange sleep for the first time.

Day 90 | Successful Schedule Adjustment

Core | 11:30 AM – 3:00 AM

Nap 1 | 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Nap 2 | skipped

Nap 3 | 5:40 PM – 6:00 PM

Sometimes you have to go drink wine with friends for the day… I had a long planned social event today that I had to work around, and I think I did a pretty good job of it.

Our plans were from 9:30 to 5:30. I pushed back my first nap as much as I could and stretched it into  1.5 hrs which is more of a mini core. This 1.5 hour mini core can replace two naps and let you stay awake for more than 6 hours without the bad side effects. This isn’t something you/I should do during adaptation and isn’t something to do often when adapted, but you know, life happens!

I felt great all day honestly and passed out really quickly after being awake for a long while and drinking a fair amount of wine before my evening nap.

Alcohol is also not a good idea on polyphasic sleep, especially during adaptation. It makes sleep less efficient and more difficult to wake up in general. I’ve found that drinking some booze during the day is much less detrimental than drinking right before your core. I believe that’s because decreasing the sleep efficiency of a nap is not nearly as big of a deal as decreasing the sleep efficiency of your core. Again, avoid altogether as possible, but sometimes life happens – enjoy it!

Day 87 | First Schedule Adjustments

Core | 11:00 AM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:40 AM

Nap 2 | skipped

Nap 3 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

It’s way too early to be skipping a nap and moving sleep around! I think I may have messed up already. I had an important opportunity come up that threw my day out of whack. I had to be out of the house early, so I moved my first nap earlier and I went to bed as soon as I was free, but that was over 10 hours of awake time. I felt it.

After about noon, I wasn’t as mentally sharp and wanted to sleep pretty badly. This is a bad thing to do! Don’t move sleep around this early in adaptation… if only I listened to my own advice.

Playing catch up

Anytime you’re awake for more than 6 hours on Everyman it is harder to get to a good state after 1 nap. My recommendation from several resources is that it takes about 1.5 hours of sleep to act as two naps. So, it takes 90 minutes instead of the original 40 minutes (Two 20 minute naps). Still, after 1.5 hours you won’t feel as good as if you had taken two 20 minute naps. I tried to sleep for 1.5 hours on my third nap, but I woke up after 60 minutes and was wide awake.

I was tired by 9PM, which is too early!

Day 71 | Adapting to Monophasic to Adapt to Everyman…

Core | 11:00 PM – 7:00 AM

I am in the process of adapting back to monophasic sleep. Then, when I am fully adapted back I will A) analyze the differences in how I feel on the two different sleep schedules and B) adapt back to Everyman in the smoothest, most efficient way I can.

I’ve been thinking about this for a little while… My next goal for this blog is to develop an easy and all-inclusive manual for adapting to Everyman. I don’t think I adapted 100% the right way when I did it 2 months ago and I want to make sure I recommend the best method possible to new polyphasic sleepers.

This guide will be based on both research I’ve done and my experiences. So, as any good experimenter would do – I am my own test subject until I get it right. One thing I know I need to be careful about is the differences between adapting a first time and doing it a second time, which will be easier as my body has already learned some of the necessary adaptations to be an efficient poly sleeper.

I’m looking forward to keeping you all in the loop on my progress!

So far, I both miss Everyman and thoroughly enjoy being lazy in my warm bed for an extra ~3 hours a day. My productivity has dropped dramatically, I know that for sure! I predict it will take about 10-14 days to get reset on monophasic sleep before I give it another go. I’m excited to get back on my poly schedule!


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.


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