Polyphasic Sleep/2006-12-22

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Friday

Today I start. Last night was my last night of regular sleep, at least for awhile.

Today I begin what I call "training", which is where my body learns to shortcut directly to REM sleep when I begin a nap and to wake up immediately following REM sleep rather than falling into deep sleep. I'm pretty sure I can make it thorough training. The actual transition is supposed to take under 10 days, which is how long I have to work with. If I can't cobble together a functional routine going by then, I'll have to abort.

I have no idea how long I'll want to continue, but if it works well I'd like to try it for at least the coming spring semester of school to really give it a fair chance. A functional routine is only the beginning; I suspect I'll be tweaking my routine months after "training". For one thing, my diet will change a lot because there'll be no more "breakfast", "lunch", and "supper". I suspect it'll consist of a meal every other cycle. Also, when exactly should I nap? What nap schedule will fit best so I don't have to nap in the middle of having dinner with friends, for example? How about, when do I exercise and shower? How do I schedule my time when I'm not at work? I'll need to have a functional routine for this by the time training is over, but I don't think it'll be an optimal one.

Historically, I never have any trouble napping during the day. I don't usually do so, but if I lay down for a nap, I'm typically out cold in under five minutes. Earlier this week, I started taking at least two naps a day just to kind of get a feel for it and get used to waking up after 30 minutes. This morning I started my official nap schedule, even though I just finished a full night of sleep. My schedule is 3:30-4:00, 7:30-8:00, 11:30-12:00 (for both AM and PM).

As of midnight, I had no problems, but then so far it's just a regular day with some extra naps.