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Last night was rough. Waking from a nap in the middle of the night does not jive with me yet--daytime is much better. When waking from a nap in the middle of the night, your mind starts saying stuff like "what's the point of this shit", "maybe you should do this later, after school...you might fail your tests if you don't get sleep." It's funny how my mind has a bullshit generator installed and running in the background at all times to keep me safe. It will belch out some instant rationalization why I shouldn't move past my limits at the first sign of discomfort. Fortunately, in this instance, I'm able to recognize it and adjust accordingly.
I didn't have much to do last night, as I had little planning going in to this. We were supposed to start on Nov. 21st. Every activity, and every minute of every cycle were to be planned out in a spectacle of time-management, but we jumped the gun and just went for it, figuring we could always do that later.
I felt really good, alert, and positive after my 2:30 nap today, although my body is seemingly cold and hungry at all times. My low blood pressure causes me to have cold extremities most of the time anyways, so I can deal with it. Before the nap I had drowsiness and heavy feelings in my chest and of course eyes.
So the past few cycles have been rough... I often find myself having to conciously force myself to keep my eyes open and focused. Because of this I was cutting the cycles in half, but that didn't seem to be doing too much for me. During this last one I decided to just push myself to complete some projects and see if it made a difference. As luck would have it, it made all the difference in the world. Just moving around and doing a few things made me feel almost as awake as yesterday.
As a result I'm going to push my nap forward to make up for those added naps. I'll feel better anyway. I'm still trying to decide on my final schedule. Right now I'm leaning towards 11, 3, 7. The main reason is because it would make it very easy to go out to clubs.
For some reason this time around feels a lot more different than my previous attempts. In a way it seems like I'm more in control. Before I always felt like it may get so bad that I would have to quit. Now I just feel like I may have to up my focus and effort, but that that anything thrown my way can be crushed.
I took a nap in the middle of my awake period because I was so tired. I woke up and didn't feel better.
BUT - I am hardcore so I continue.
I take my regularly scheduled nap and wake up after only 14 minutes, feeling great. I love it!
Hello. Let me take a second to introduce myself. I am Neetu, Manish's younger sister by 2 years. We live together in an apartment and have decided to transition to polyphasic napping as a new lifestyle. Why waste all that time sleeping? Life's too short? Not anymore!
Anyways, I am writing his blog because he is incoherent to mentally tasking activities at the moment. He spent two nights sleeping for about 5 hours of sleep each night, and now he is further sleep deprived on the polyphasic sleep diet. He has resulted to cleaning his room and organizing his socks to stay awake. We look forward to the moment when fatigues stops being an issue, and the productivity really kicks in. At the moment, it is just a battle between us and the clock.
We were inspired by the by the experiment of Steve Pavlina and the constant borage and enthusiasm of our buddy Cornrow. On Pavlina's blog, you can read about his experiences and challenges in adopting to the new sleep schedule. Luckily, we are scattering our sleep cycles so that we can wake each other up after our naps. Cornrow got an early start and is pretty much already on the schedule, which is fantastic so he can keep us psyched and drive us around when we are delerious!
It's getting worse.... I will conquer it, though.
I've noticed that I'm feeling groggy for less time after each nap. I barely feel it at all after that one.
So far every time I wake up I'm filled with a sense of panic, thinking I've overslept. It's amazing that such a short time can actually refresh you at all.
Not much else to report, really. I think I'm on this for good.
Still going strong. When I wake up from a nap I don't feel tired like I would if I normally would from waking up early. Instead I feel slightly disoriented and groggy. This goes away fully during the first 20 minutes of being awake or so. I'm definitely awake enough to drive.
Is it possible that I've already adapted? This is the second 4 hour period in a row where I feel great. I'd say that I feel maybe 15% foggy, but overall pretty great. I would definitely be comfortable driving a car.
In fact, I've been working on 16'x12' post it note mosaic on one of my walls, so once stores are open I'll go drive and get some more post its.
I think that eating in the beginning of every period has helped.
I woke up in a panic, realizing that a) I wasn't tired, and b) my alarm wasn't going off.
I sat up, disappointed that I had already messed it up, and then I looked at my clock - I still had 3 minutes left.
That's right... I woke up 3 minutes early, naturally. I actually checked my calendar, because it feels like I've been sleeping for a long time. This is also the first time I distinctly remember my dream (I was ordering salmon, which incidentally, I'm about to cook).