Check out my bestselling book on habits, Superhuman by Habit. .
I had a dream that seemed to last forever earlier this morning. The nap felt like hours but was only 30 mins. I woke up twice in the middle of it. I opened my eyes, but stayed in dream-mode, seeing hallucinations and freaking out, and then falling back asleep. It's like my mind had to make me stay in REM/dream-mode no matter what. God what a trippy experiment. I thought it would be simple like stevie p's blog, not quite.
Still it's great, I haven't had a full night's sleep for over 5 nights now, and I'm feeling very good right now...at about 90% mentally and physically both...absolutely ridiculous! The night will have to be filled with different activites, ones that require almost no focus.
I've lost track of what day it is, having to ask again and again or check the calendar. It's weird to see other people sleep for the ENTIRE night now. For the last 3-4 naps, I fall asleep much more easily and quickly now, thank god. The worst is behind me I think.
I think I might have taken an extra nap. Then again, my entire night was a blur of me running circles in my house jumping on the furniture and yelling, rapping at the top of my lungs in the theater, slamming into walls by accident, trying to go on a walk outside, but walking directly into a prickly bush, and trying to clean but being unable to keep my eyes open.
I don't know how I got through that, but I''ll do it every night for a week if necessary. I'm getting this polyphasic thing no matter what.
Tonight is so much better than last night...the absolute hell period. I'm starting to go deeper on my naps, but still not hitting REM very often. I've got sleepy eyes. Go away sleepy eyes.
Hey. i hit the hard part. this totally sucks. i feel like a zombie. I keep waking up worse than before, and all i can think about is sleep. all the grapes in the world coun't fix this. my eyes hurt so much. They just don't want to focus anymore. i don't even want put on my glasses. I just need to make it through tonight, and i'll be home free. just a few more hours. need to do something mind numbing, and yet engaging. i'm gonna go clean. damn it.
Another nap... did nothing except possibly making things worse. I am so exhauste.d
I feel like I'm going through the hell period again. It's taking all of my will power to stay awake. Why????
I just woke up from a nap. It was the first time that I woke up on my own!! I think that I am making great headway. Generally, day 3 and 4 are supposed to be the worst. So far, my day 3 was pretty great. I had an awesome nap in the evening, where I fell asleep pretty easily and then woke up pretty easily. Right now, a little after midnight, I am pretty excited that I still have the entire night ahead of me. I am already planning the things that I can get done for school and business. Just to give you a comparison, on the first night at about 5 am, my body and mind were both flipping out. basically saying "what is wrong with you Neetu? Have you turned into a nocturnal freak? Why are you doing this STUPID sleep experiment?!?!?! GO TO SLEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!" So, there has been great improvement since then.
On another note, I have seen some changes in my health in the past few days. On day 1, I started the day with allergies for some odd reason, which hasn't happened in months. Then on day 2, the allergies persisted so I had to go to class with tissues. Today, my allergies greatly diminished and hardly bothered me, which is great! In the past, when I would have an allergy ridden day, the only way to get over it was with a full night's rest. I was paying close to see when the allergies would go away because I hate taking a daily allergy pill. It is just such a hassle. It was nice to let it pass naturally and let my body take care of it. I am excited to see what the rest of the night brings. Last night, Manish was having a really tough time staying awake. It was his third night and he was just really suffering. Kind of delerious and all. Ty said that the difficult phase is unavoidable, so I keep expecting it to come, but it doesn't show up. Kind of strange. We'll see. I'll keep posting my updates.
Here comes the dreded night again, but I feel really good going in. I'm feeling at about 90% my normal peak right now. By this time tomorrow I should be calling it the peacful, fun or starry night. Woke up naturally from last two naps, the first of which had intense, vivid dreaming.
Everyone should try this experiment out at least once in their life, there's no excuse not to at least give it a go. It'll take at least a long weekend (4 days) if you have a consistent work schedule. I recommend Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you can't spare that, all you really have to do is take a nap right before work, during the first half of your lunch break, and then one right after work...see, no excuses.
Haven't had another nap, but I'm not tired anymore. I did eat some food, so I think maybe I'm not used to the larger amount of food I have to eat.
Still loving this whole thing and in total disbelief that it works.
I'm slightly tired now, after my 1pm. The one before was one of those naps where I naturally woke up early. I seems like those cause some sleepiness in the next-next cycle, rather than the one expected. From now on I will try to make myself go back to sleep when I wake early.
Even so, I'm not very tired... but I don't feel perfect like I did before. There's a Dell guy here to fix my printer, but after he leaves I plan on singing really loud to rap music to wake myself up.