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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 107 | Natural Dual Core?

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 6:15 AM – 7:50 AM

Nap 2 | Skipped

Nap 3 | 4:20 PM – 4:40 PM

I overslept during my first nap. The main reason for the oversleep is that I was charging my pebble, so I didn’t have that crazy wrist vibration to help wake me up. This second round of everyman, my most common oversleep has been oversleeping my first  nap. Days I oversleep this nap I honestly feel really good – maybe even better than when I wake up on track.

I didn’t follow my own advice and skipped my second nap due to my oversleep. In general, even if you oversleep it’s a good idea to stick to laying down for naps as scheduled to stay on track and have the oversleep make minimal impact on your schedule.

It’s been bouncing around my brain lately whether or not a dual core sleep pattern would feel more natural to me. The main reasons I continue to sleep polyphasic are 1) I feel better and 2) I have more quiet time to focus and get work done. My body almost seems to be natural transitioning into a DC1 schedule – I may give it a shot soon.

If you have experience with dual core sleep or even better DC1 after Everyman, I’d love to hear from you!

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 85 | My New Sleep Schedule!

Core | 10:30 AM – 2:00 AM

Nap 1 | 6:10 AM – 6:50 AM

Nap 2 | 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Nap 3 | 4:50 PM – 5:10 PM

I’m really excited to start my first day of adaptation to Everyman 3 again! I’m being smarter about my adaptation this time too, hopefully so I can give feedback on what works and what doesn’t (at least for me).

Determining my schedule

The four main considerations that went into developing this E3 schedule are:

  1. Roughly evenly spaced awake periods, but with awake time getting longer as the day goes on. My awake periods after core are: 4:10, 4:50, 4:50, 5:20. It’s important to not have more than 6 hours of awake time between sleep on the Everyman schedule. More than 6 hours not only leads to more tiredness, but makes it harder to ‘sleep-off’ that tired with a nap.
  2. Getting my core as close to dusk as I can reliably pull off. Taking my first nap in the early morning when my sleep pressure is high and so I can have a ‘normal’ morning after I wake up.
  3. Being in-sync with my immovable everyday routines. My fiance gets up at 5:40 and leaves at 6:05 every morning for work. So, the idea is to spend a couple minutes with her in the morning and then go right to bed after. She gets home most days at 5:15 PM, so I will have just popped up from a nap when she gets home. A 10:30 bedtime feels natural for both of us these days and is already a part of our routine.
  4. I’ve set each of my naps to be at transition times for my day. Nap 1 comes after Amanda leaves and before I eat breakfast and “start my workday.” Nap 2 comes right before lunchtime. Nap 3 comes at the end of the workday. I noticed that it’s hard for me to be in the middle of something and take a break to nap as my mind is still racing on that task. By making my naps happen more frequently at break points, I’m hoping to have a more quiet, clear mind when my head hits the pillow.

Day 1 in the books

Day 1 went really well. Waking up to my smartwatch alarm was easy and I was excited to jump into my big list of to-do’s. I slept deeply and dreamed in nap 1, I was very close to sleeping (or was maybe in/out of light sleep) in nap 2, and I slept the second half of nap 3. That’s much better than not sleeping at all and certainly not hitting REM in any naps like my first adaptation.

I attribute my greater success in napping on day 1 not only to the fact that my body and mind are more trained to get into REM fast and take advantage of head-on-pillow time, but also… I’m setting myself up for success with my schedule, I don’t have anxiety over sleep or the adaptation this time, and I have better nap practices this time. I’ll share more things I’m doing differently in the next coming days including my napping techniques, but the schedule is a huge part of it.

One thing I can share for certain is that I got way more accomplished on my first day of adaptation than any of my monophasic days over the last couple weeks.

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.

 

Day 42 | Easier on Relationship?!

Core | 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM

Nap 1 | 6:00 AM – 7:40 AM

Nap 2 | Skipped

Nap 3 | 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM

This schedule of a longer first nap and skipping my second nap is seemingly becoming my weekend sleep schedule. It’s hard to get up at 5 or 6 AM for the second time when it seems like everyone else in the city is sleeping in and having a lazy morning. That said, I feel just fine on this weekend schedule and it’s easy to jump back into a normal weekday schedule afterward (so far). More on this to come, but…

My fiance prefers my polyphasic sleep schedule!

She gives a few great reasons why she prefers my Everyman sleep to when I was sleeping monophasic:

  1. We get to spend more time together in the evenings! I work less evenings now (I have a demanding job) than I used to due to increased overall productivity and more time.
  2. It pressures us to go to bed earlier (and together). She gets up at 5:40 AM for an early job and a long commute, so it’s nice to have both of us want to get to sleep early.
  3. We wake up together in the morning instead of her sneaking out of the dark house with me sound asleep for another hour or two.

I never thought this sleep schedule could make things in our relationship work better and honestly make our schedules line up better than they used to.

The downsides that these positives outweigh are mainly the slight social difficulties of me needing to take a couple naps per day and the times that my 2:30 AM alarm wakes her up too. (She didn’t complain about the alarm thing – but that has to be annoying)

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 37 | Healthy(ish) and on Track

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.

 

 

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