Some charts n’ stuff from this morning’s nap (Diego didn’t use the Zeo and I didn’t sleep long enough to have the Zeo register it as a nap) as well as reaction time data and good feeling data.
This is what we look like when we are exhausted. No judgement please.
If you want to try polyphasic sleep do it with a friend. You can help keep each other awake and doing things with friends is fun.
This is an update to let you guys know that our group is changing things up a little. So far we have been going by a schedule called “The Everyman.” This means that we have been sleeping little a night, and making up for it with naps throughout the day. This has been working according to plan, but it is a very slow process. We only have until the end of this week to work on this project, and at this rate, we will not be at any final product by then. Because of this, we have decided to change our pattern to one called “The Uberman.” This is the one that most people know of. We will be taking 20 minute naps every 4 hours for the rest of the week. Hopefully by Friday we will be able to determine if the project is working, and how well it is working. We will continue to keep this blog updated, so stay tuned!
-Amanda, Diego, David, Liam
I am extremely tired right now because of this project. It has been a real challenge to get my body adjusted to polyphasic sleep, yet surprisingly I am functioning quite well for 3 hours of sleep. I got my black belt last friday, and had to perform forms/self defenses in front of thousands of people. Then some friends and I went to the Charlie Horse for a late night dinner until midnight, all on 3 hours of sleep. I got home and got some sleep, but I had to get up early for a karate class. So that Saturday night I took my nightly nap, and since it was only my second nap instead of third, I thought it would be a good idea to turn off the alarm and then lie in bed for a bit to be more awake for the rest of the night. So at 9:00pm my alarm went off. I turned it off and closed my eyes for a few minutes. I opened my eyes at 9:00 the next morning. I guess that’s just my body telling me that it’s not adjusted to polyphasic sleeping, but oh well.
Well I am going to a piano lesson now, and when I get home I will take my 30 minute nap, and then sleep from 1-3. At least, that’s the plan.
So my weekend was really really long. I was awake for most of it and used my time to be very very productive. I used Netflix to get caught up on stuff. Netflix is great. I watched Sherlock, Firefly, and Doctor Who. Then I played Starcraft 2 I failed on friday night, slept from 8:30-1:00. and I spent the rest of my weekend doing the whole system pretty well. A nap every 5-6 hours and 2 hours of sleep. I’m actually starting to enjoy it. My naps are fully REM according to the Zeo. Which is cool, and a bit strange because so far all of them have been lucid dreams. My weekend was pretty uneventful until about 4:30 monday morning. I looked at the clock is was 4:30 then what felt like a few seconds later I looked at the clock. It was 5:30. I think I fell asleep but I have no recollection of it or anything else for that hour. It was weird.
This weekend went pretty well. The naps during the day went well but I started pushing back my night nap until sometime around midnight. When it gets late, staying up is harder to do so I thought that doing that would fix it and give me an energy boost to stay up until my 2 hour stretch. This didn’t work and made me more tired. Currently, I am trying to take my nightly nap around 9. I’m also trying to find something to keep me up because neither reading nor tv has been very successful. I also have the issue of having hockey practice at 5:30 am. Although I am able to get up and perform well at practice, it saps up a lot of the energy I have for the day which makes me especially tired at night. I have not had a game yet so I’ll keep you guys posted.
We have gotten through the first week of this project. It has been rough though. Staying up late has proven to be very difficult. Over the three week nights that we did this project, I read two full books. The problem with books is that I have a hard time staying awake, no matter how good the book is. I tried TV as well to similar results. On Friday, however, I tried to stay up by playing some video games. I found that this was way easier than by reading books. I think it has something to do with the fact that on a video game there is user input. Books and TV have no room for input from the viewer or reader. This would have been great, had I not gotten sick on Friday night.
At about 11 pm I came down with a fever. I think it was probably a plea from my body to get some sleep. I tried to ignore the chills, but by 11:30 I couldn’t deny that I was sick. I had to go to bed early and hope that some rest would make the fever go away. It did. The next morning, after 6 hours of rest, I felt better. I still decided to take it easy Saturday night to ensure my recovery. Last night I started getting back on track with a 3 hour night. I plan on trying to shift down to two hours tonight. I am now behind schedule, but I hope to be able to get back on track quickly.