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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!