I'm thinking of trying this.
Here's a couple of things I'm thinking that I'll have to do:
* eat better - more fruits/vegetables - I'm already vegan, though. I'm not going to eat less, just add more fruits, salad and so on to what I'm eating.
* and I already don't watch TV, but I'm a web addict which could be a problem
* never ever try to act tough and skip a nap
* extra naps are fine, sleeping too long isn't (because the plan is to condition the body to enter REM sleep faster)
* my goal isn't to save time. I already have time to waste. If I nap 20 min every second hour instead of every fourth hour, that will still be four hours a night. I sleep over 8 hours a night now and that's fine. My schedule will be 25 min alarm clock, every fourth hour, with optional extra naps in the middle of the waking period (e.g. after roughly 107.5 minutes of being awake)
* my goal is, however, mental developement and increased concentration skills. it's quite possible that this experiment won't lead to that at all, if so I'll terminate it. I'll use chess or sudoku to measure my attention skills. I'll allow for a set number of days as a transition period (not decided yet how many).
* once I'm on the schedule, sleeping for a full night every now and then might be fine.
* no punishments. no resets. only self-forgiveness.
* I'm very disorganized now and if I fail, I won't try again until I can get more organized and get some routines in place. But maybe this could help with that.
I've never seriously tried any sleep schedules so for all I know, all of my ideas above might be worthless.
For the last few years, I've been falling asleep whenever I'm tired, waking up whenever I wake up (being woken by the phone, doorbell, noisy neigbours, or just having finished sleeping). This has lead to monophasic sleeping with a short biphasic period in late november.
I don't have any problems with insomnia or problems sleeping, but I do have problems with being awake, I feel very tired sometimes. (This was even worse before I became vegetarian, btw.) One of the straws on the camels back that makes me interested in polyphasic sleep is that I'm so bad at chess. I know a lot of openings and I'm good at chess problems, but I'm terrible at staying focused and not doing blunders. I was interested in polyphasic sleep years ago (because of the Seinfeld episode, but I never tried it seriously myself) and a friend renewed my interest and I found Pavlinas blog, and yours.
Then again, if it turns out polyphasic sleep is not for me, then I'll gladly go back to monophasic or biphasic sleep. That's proven safe and I don't feel my sleep time is wasted since I often work in my dreams (and just write the finished text down when I wake up), both computer programming, and writing.
Then again, my waking time is often wasted. Just sitting at the computer, doing nothing serious.
So it's likely that I don't stick with polyphasic sleep -- then again, I've said that about other things that I "just wanted to try" -- like GNU/Linux, which I installed and I then turned into a total free software zealot and have been for years, or my "weeks without meat, eggs and dairy" that turned into long-term veganism.
When/if I do try it (I'm thinking monday/tuesday next week, but I'm in no hurry) I'll use the ideas sketchily outlined above: 25 min alarm, extra naps welcome, no acting tough.