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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 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 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.

 

 

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 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!

Day 18 | Adaptation Timing

Core | 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM

Nap 1 | 5:45 AM – 7:30 AM

Nap 2 | Missed

Nap 3 | 3:40 PM – 4:00 PM

I overslept my first nap in the morning. It’s Christmas today and I planned to have a bit longer of a first nap as a present to myself, but it wasn’t supposed to be almost 2 hours! This falls in line with most of my issues so far come from trying to break away from the standard schedule.

Adaptation Timing Advice

I didn’t think much about timing for my sleep experiment here. I needed more awake hours, was becoming caffeine dependent, and also had issues ‘feeling bad’ throughout the day (potentially related to a health condition). Then, I found out about polyphasic sleep, researched the hell out of it and then decided to dive in on a whim one evening.

Having my adaptation line up over the holidays is certainly less than ideal. I’ve spent 5 days on a ski vacation, and 7 days staying with family so far. This just adds in schedule constraints and social stress that wouldn’t be there otherwise. One good thing is that I’m already used to explaining to people what polyphasic sleep is, how it works, why I’m doing it, why I need to go take a nap now, etc. So, I’m pretty much a seasoned veterans when it comes to the social aspects of polyphasic sleep.

If I was doing it again, I would time my adaptation to be during as much of a normal schedule as possible. So, during normal work time with few vacations or holidays. Adaptation should have the most schedule rigidity and also will have the most desire to quit. Vacations, schedule freedom, and free time actually contribute to both contemplating quitting more and a less structured sleep schedule.

 

Day 10 | Unsafe Driving and Emotional Exhaustion

Core | 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM

Nap 1 | 5:00 AM – 5:20 AM

Nap 2 | 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Nap 3 | 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

Today was the 7 hour drive back home to San Francisco from Mammoth. Not my best day so far. First, the good news: I went in a natural hot springs with a beautiful view out in the high desert. The bad news: driving through ice/snow/rain while fighting to keep alert sucks and turns out is draining.

Be Safe!

My best advice so far: BE SAFE. If you are fighting to stay awake while driving you need to do something about it. Have someone else drive if that’s an option or pull over and take a nap.

At 4 PM (nap time) I was super exhausted and was playing loud music, tapping my feet and squeezing a grip strength widget to stay somewhat alert while driving through the mountains in bad conditions. My fiance isn’t super comfortable driving my truck in bad conditions so swapping out wasn’t a good option. We did the right thing and pulled into a church parking lot, grabbed the blanket from the back seat, reclined the chairs, I threw on my face mask and we were out cold for 20 minutes.

I felt like a new man after! Moral: safety is more important than making good time.

Emotionally Taxing

Thankfully, I haven’t felt emotionally drained in the last 10 days… until this evening. Typically, when I get tired I get irritable and less optimistic but so far in this experiment I’ve been doing great emotionally and have felt the exhaustion physically – until now.

Everything wore on me and I really thought about quitting the adaptation.

Why the hell am I putting myself through sleep torture. I’m crazy. Be normal Eric!

But, self-control prevailed and here I am writing about it in the middle of the night :)


You are going to have doubts and the adaptation is going to suck at times. My recommendation is to push through with your strong will to make the decision to keep going or quit when you aren’t feeling down. Don’t decide to stop when you’re tired and worn out. Instead, set a reminder to evaluate the test the next day when you should have more of a clear mind.

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.

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.