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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 126 | Napping Well and Feeling Pretty Good

Day 124

Core 1 | 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM

Core 2 | 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Nap 2 | 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

Overall, my third day on DC1 went well. I accidentally got somewhat drunk last night, which doesn’t ever help adaptation and is not a good way to go… (Do as I say, not as I do…)

I still was able to wake up to my first alarm and the only abnormal thing is how much water and snacks I had when I got up at 3 AM feeling pretty hungover, but still a little buzzed.

My second core and my afternoon nap both went great! I slept the entire time and woke up without too much trouble to my first alarm.

Also, I did a Brazilian Jui Jitsu class in the afternoon which kicked my ass. I’m excited to start testing polyphasic while exercising fairly hard again as I’m getting more healthy from a nagging ankle injury.

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 89 | In the Flow

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 | 4:40 PM – 5:00 PM

Day 5 of my new adaptation. I did a great job today and I felt awesome! This was the best sleep in my naps I’ve had so far – in each nap I fell asleep in what seemed like less than 2-3 minutes and slept all the way through to my alarm, with dreams to remember.

I also hit my ideal schedule perfectly! (You can make your own pretty sleep schedule diagram here)

schedule

The thing I’m most happy about is I did this in spite of a challenging social situation as I had a friend/coworker over at my house working on our startup for the second half of the day. Previously, I would have just worked right on through and skipped my nap as I didn’t want to ‘leave him hanging.’ Today, I went and took a 20 minute nap and left him to work on his own for a bit – no problem at all!

My napping strategy

Napping this adaptation and this period of Everyman has already been WAY more successful. Not just more successful than the adaptation period of my first time at polyphasic, which is to be expected as I’m more accustomed to dropping into REM faster now than I was back then. I’m napping better already over the last 5 days than I did once I was adapted for the latter 4-6 weeks of previous Everyman stint.

The main difference is that now I’m napping as much as I can in my bed, where it’s comfortable and I have a routine of going there and falling asleep. Before, I was napping mainly on the couch because it was WAY easier to get up from a nap on the couch than in my comfy, warm bed. The trade-off however is on the couch I wasn’t getting into REM as fast or staying there as long.

In order to make waking up from my bed easier, I’ve been A) setting two alarms for each nap as learned here and B) sleeping with the lights on bright, shades open, and my dark, comfy sleep mask keeping things blacked out. The alarm is just to make sure I get up. The lights on and sleep mask combo help me get up because when I take off my sleep mask to turn off my alarm it’s daytime/bright in the room which makes getting up about 10x easier than a dark, sleepy room.

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 43 | Napping on the Move

Core | 11:15 PM – 2:45 AM

Nap 1 | 6:00 AM – 6:40 AM

Nap 2 | 10:25 AM – 10:40 AM

Nap 3 | 4:30 PM – 4:40 PM

I had a pretty busy day. My second nap was at home, but was rushed before I had to leave to make a meeting. My third nap was quick. I pulled off on the side of the road and reclined my seat on my way to another meeting.

It was more difficult than normal to fall asleep and to get into REM. I succeeded for a short period of time in Nap 2 and barely if at all in Nap 3. These two bad naps added up to me getting more tired than normal at 9:30 PM. I’ve found that one skipped nap or two poor naps lead to a very tired evening and (even worse) a rough morning the next day.

A napping best practices based on my experience and research is in the works, but in general – try to sleep in the same, relaxing place every nap. And by place, I mean mindset in addition to physical location. However, if life makes this not possible, get as good of a nap as you can and get back to your normal routine ASAP :)

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 41 | Exercise with Energy

Core | 11:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Nap 1 | 5:45 AM – 7:00 AM

Nap 2 | Skipped

Nap 3 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

I knew I was going to miss my second nap due to social plans today, so I purposefully extended both my morning and afternoon nap. I probably could have got by just extending one, but I also could use the sleep to put the finishing touches on the flu I’ve been fighting.

Today, I had a good hard workout. I didn’t push it to 100% since I’m still getting healthy, but it was a solid workout including a lifting circuit and skill work on the bags. I felt great! Lots of energy, warmed up quickly and stayed mentally focused the entire time. Hopefully, as I get back into a steady Everyman, I’ll be able to keep my current awareness and energy level throughout all my workouts.

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