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Day 34 | Everyman Partying Recovery

Core | 12:45 PM – 4:15 AM

Nap 1 | 5:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Nap 2 | Skipped

Nap 3 | 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Disclaimer: my definition of partying these days is more than 2 drinks and staying out passed 11 PM. That used to be called “a weeknight” in college, but times change!

Last night was a big night. We had 16 good friends over at our tiny apartment and had a killer time eating, drinking, and being merry until after midnight. This is obviously not good for my sleep schedule.

One night of staying up late and having some drinks I know isn’t the end of the world and I can recover from the next day with maybe one extended nap and a cup of tea if required. However, it’s been 3 nights in a row of partying, with each night getting bolder. That’s hard to recover from. In fact, it proved fatal to my sleep schedule today!

Being really tired day after

I was really damn tired waking up from my core today. I believe after drinking and staying up late which makes me very exhausted when going to bed, my body is just craving extra rest! In the future, when this happens I’m going to try extending my core duration to see if that helps. Typically, after staying up late and drinking, I’m tired until either: a) I exercise, b) I intentionally take a longer nap or c) I oversleep on accident.

Main Lesson Learned

How closely I stick to the schedule is not a day-by-day concern. It adds up between days.

One day of partying with a few ‘responsible’ schedule days on either side of it is completely doable and I’d say healthy from a social and emotional point-of-view. Two days in a row is not insane, but will have significant energy level impacts and will take a day or two to recover from. Three days in a row is sleep schedule suicide! Keeping a reasonable sleep schedule and being productive (which requires not feeling exhausted) I’ve decided is impossible for me right now. I turn into a zombie and click off all alarms that come at me to catch up on rest.

I’d love to hear your experience with partying on polyphasic as I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s very person dependent.

Day 30 | Early Wake Up & Solid Naps

Core | 11:15 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 5:20 AM – 6:00 AM

Nap 2 | 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

Nap 3 | 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM

I couldn’t test my new watch alarm (bummer) because I woke up 15 minutes before my alarm feeling awake and refreshed (awesome!). My productivity this morning was through the roof.

Deep Naps Right on Schedule

My naps were also perfectly timed. The first time I looked at the clock thinking: I’m tired. It was 8:50 AM – not bad prep for a 9 AM nap. I got tired after a meeting at about 4:15 PM, but I couldn’t get to nap until 5 as I was on my way back home.

Most importantly, when my alarm went off after an alarm I was refreshed and ready to tackle the remainder of the day! I went to sleep fast, didn’t wake up during naps at all, and had vivid dream recollection for each nap when I woke up. I’m officially in love with my comfy sleep mask.

I’m hitting REM fast and feeling refreshed after!

Sticking somewhat closely to a schedule is incredibly important (during adaptation at least) it seems. I am going to try to do much better at this than I have been and see if I can get to be fully adapted pretty soon.

Not Even Close to Quitting

I told myself (and others) that I was trying this crazy sleep experiment for 30 days to give it a fair shake and see how it goes. Well, today is that day! I can’t say I’m fully adapted, but I can say that I’m enjoying the sleep schedule more often than I hate it. According to PolyDoxyk (the go to resource on polyphasic sleep) it can take up to 2-3 months to fully adapt to Everyman. That means I have another 1-2 months sticking to the schedule potentially before the symptoms of sleep deprivation will completely go away.

I’m on the fence right now of whether I’d stay in Everyman sleep or not if it didn’t get any better. So, I’m excited to see the improvement over the next 1-2 months!

 

Day 27 | Back on Track!

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:40 AM

Nap 2 | 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Nap 3 | 12:50 PM – 1:05 PM

I’m back on the wagon and feeling good! It wasn’t difficult at all to get back on track waking up at 2:30 and taking a few naps. I was nervous I’d be starting from scratch after a night of oversleep.

Schedule Shifting for Work & Social

I had a group work session from 1:05 to 4:30 PM today. Then, I went out with some friends for food and to watch an NFL playoff game (the 49ers are out already, so who cares….).

Since I knew there wasn’t time for a nap with my work and social plans I decided to shift my afternoon nap earlier to be right after I had lunch. This worked really well as I felt sharp and creative for work and fun and energetic when with friends. Once 10 PM hit I was very tired, and so it was bed time.

The afternoon nap seems to be the most flexible without causing too many issues for me – which is really nice as the afternoon is typically my most socially active time as well.

 

Day 26 | First Full Night Oversleep

Core | 10:45 PM – 7:30 AM

Nap 1 | Missed

Nap 2 | Missed

Nap 3 | Missed

Damnit! I slept through the night!

This is really frustrating. After this long without too many mistakes I completely slept through the night for an almost 9 hour core. This is my first time sleeping completely through the night. I was the most tired I’ve been in the last 27 days when I went to bed after partying the night before, which probably explains my mistake.

I obviously turned off 1 alarm without waking up, but it seems like I failed to set my other backup alarms. This was a big mistake as I require a backup alarm about half the time to get up from my core.

Frustrated

It seems like all of this work was for nothing if I just slept right through the night on accident. I guess I’m back on a monophasic sleep schedule right now then! Instead of quitting though, I’m going to push through and get back on track with my adaptation.

Everyone has setbacks. I will push forward!

Feeling Damn Good

I felt better today than I have in the last few weeks! I was hoping to be groggy all day as I’m not used to that much sleep, but it was actually the opposite. My body must have loved the sleep – I felt more alert, happy, and sharp than I have in a while. This makes me nervous.

The Everyman sleep schedule has really boosted productivity and has made me feel better at times. However, I want both sharpness and productivity increase! We’ll see if that comes through further adaptation. If not, I may be pulling back to monophasic for the benefit of feeling more awake throughout my day!

Feel Better – Sleep Less

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.

Day 1 | Feeling Good about the Plan

Today is the day!

After a long weekend of celebrating I’m exhausted. I don’t have a particularly hard work week ahead of me and now is the time.

I successfully convinced my very understanding fiance that I’m not crazy and she’s supportive of the experiment. The plan is to give the Everyman Polyphasic sleep cycle on month and make a decision to keep going with Everyman, try another polyphasic schedule, or go back to monophasic at that time.

My Sleep Schedule

Thankfully I have a really flexible (although demanding) job that lets me basically sleep whenever I want and work whenever I want as long as everything gets done and the needle moves up and to the right. However, my job and life are also pretty variable from day-to-day and week-to-week which will make it more difficult to stick to a consistent schedule.

Here is my starting target Everyman polyphasic sleep schedule:

Core | 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:20 AM

Nap 2 | 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

Nap 3 | 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

This is an experiment. This ideal schedule may change slightly in the next month and I guarantee I won’t hit it as many days as I’ll miss – but it’s a good starting point. The total amount of sleep per day on this schedule is 4.5 hours. That’s about three hours less than I typically sleep now!

Optimistic

After my first day on the cycle I feel damn optimistic! My naps seemed to come at the right times of the day for the most part and I’m excited about getting started.

Nap 1 consisted of laying in bed wishing I could sleep with my mind racing a mile a minute with work thoughts after spending a few hours being super productive in the middle of the night. I also didn’t drink any caffeine today – caffeine minimization should help me sleep much better. Instead of my normal tea I drank plain hot water.

Questions

I had no clue what to eat and when. Do I eat bacon and eggs at 2 AM or do I eat that leftover Thai in the fridge at 9 AM when it sounds delicious?

I also really struggled with what day it was everytime I woke up from a nap. I’m not used to napping and it was really odd. When my fiance got home from work it seemed like a few days had passed since she left.

Typically, I’m an active person. I do Muay Thai, run, or circuit train 5 or 6 days a week. I wonder if exercising would get my body going to much to be able to nap? I don’t have to worry about that for a couple days as I’m resting a nagging abdominal injury at the moment.

 

My Polyphasic Sleep Journey

Transitioning to polyphasic sleep isn’t easy. It takes a lot of self-control, drive, and willingness to suffer now to benefit later.

The difficulties range from physical to emotional to social. I’m sharing my daily sleep logs, experiences and thoughts while going through adaptation to hopefully help! I’m currently on my second round of adaptation to Everyman in order to test out some strategies in search of the best adaptation methods. I started this second adaptation on Day 85 where my schedule is detailed out.

You’ll notice that my sleep logs are far from my first ideal schedule and second ideal schedule. I oversleep at times and I push through a ton of different types of struggles.

 

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