Studying is the kind of thing I look forward to doing all the time at night once I'm on this solid. That way I can enjoy my days and the outdoors plenty. But for now, it's tough.
I feel like I'm usually mentally between 85-90% during the day and less during the night. To study, especially boring stuff you're not interested in, you really have to be in the 95-100% range.
I'm writing a paper right now, and it's normally much easier to write than this. Same with the studying I did for a test I took Monday morning. But it is possible, so that makes me happy.
Sounds drastic, right? I've decided that I'm going to take a break from polyphasic sleep - probably 3-4 weeks. As of today I've been doing it for about 4.5 months, and I feel like I have a good feel for what it's like.
The truth is that napping during the day isn't hard to do, but it is definitely disruptive - especially to other people. For example, last week a friend from San Francisco was in town for South by Southwest. I was hanging out with him and his friends, when all of a sudden it was nap time. They basically had to sit around and wait for me to take my nap, or lose my company. If I was deriving great benefit from the schedule, it would be worth such social impositions, but I'm not really getting that much from it.
I don't really need the extra time right now. I thought I would make good use of it, but I honestly don't. If I was super busy, then I would be more motivated to stay on polyphasic sleep. Also, no one else is doing it with me anymore, so my options for what to do during the night are fairly limited. Because I don't really need the sleep, and usually don't have too much to do at night, I end up slightly oversleeping. This means that I probably sleep 4-4.5 hours per day on average.
I've tried blogging before but I never really stuck to it. I'm not quite sure what I'm trying to accomplish here, or what I'm trying to accomplish in life, even. I don't know if my posts will be personal anecdotes or late night thoughts or responses to current events or movie reviews or rants or a little bit of everything. I don't know if my posts will be interesting or inspiring or even worth reading. But I guess I'll start now and we'll go from here. I had a really great teacher during my junior year of high school. She said that we were all biased, which is fine as long as we are aware of our biases and take them into consideration. Here's a little bit of my bias:
I'm eighteen years old. Until now, I lived my entire life in the Pacific Northwest. I'm extremely blessed and have been given a lot of really cool opportunities. I've been travelling for as long as I can remember- so long that I don't even remember my first flight and I can quote the flight attendant safety instructions. So far, I've been to ten states, and one day I'll say I've been to all fifty. In 2003, I went to a foreign country (Mexico) for the first time. In 2010, after waiting far too long, I visited another. I caught the travel bug, and now I've been to five countries outside of the United States. I'm a Christian, and that's a huge part of who I am. I'm a film enthusiast- I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching movies instead of studying (though I'm in some film classes, so that counts, right?). People told me when I moved to the East Coast I'd get tired of the snow, but honestly I'm just tired of people rejecting my invitations to go outside and play. Every day I strive to be a better person, but some days I fail. I have no idea what I'm doing with my life, and I hope that this blog turns out to be at least somewhat interesting. If not, at least I have something personal to look back at.