Ok, I just added the "Deathmatch" to make this seem a little sexier. It's been 4 nights or so on monophasic sleep and I feel like I have a good basis to compare them.
Overall, there are some pretty big surprises. The most significant is that I'm back to sleeping a full 8 hours. The first night I slept only 5 hours, but from there it ramped up. What? I was totally expecting raw food to pull through for me here. I also feel more tired during the day! It's only been a few days, so maybe I need more time to adjust, but so far I feel like I'm less alert.
The best part about monophasic sleep, not surprisingly, is that my day is uninterrupted. This gives me a lot of freedom to do whatever I want during the day without worrying about a nap. I still occasionally think "Wait... when's my next nap?". Right now I live about 15-25 minutes North of most activities. If I want to take a nap at home and come back, that's 1 hour to 1:40 of driving time I have to factor in. Because of this I would often have dinner with friends but then go home instead of going out. I would also schedule things at strange times to avoid messing up my naps. Occasionally I would throw caution to the wind and skip naps or push them around, which would inevitably mess up the schedule.
Another surprise is that I don't have enough time anymore. The days seem to fly by and often times at night I get frustrated knowing I have to sleep and stop whatever I'm doing. When I was polyphasic I felt like I had too much time, but if the alternative is too little time, I'll take too much.
The quality of my sleep is also far inferior to polyphasic sleep. My naps felt like several hours at a time, involved detailed dreams, and just felt like really deep sleep. Now I feel like I'm bumbling through the night.
Overall, I like polyphasic sleep a lot better. I think I'm going to make plans to move downtown so that it is always convenient for me to leave to take my naps. I also take naps in my car occasionally, but 30% of the time I can't fall asleep or don't sleep as much as I would have liked to.
I'm glad that I've given monophasic sleep another try, because my motivation to stay on poly was waning. However, now I am pretty convinced that polyphasic is far superior. I'm pretty sure that I can easily switch back to poly, although I wish I had someone to do it with me. It will be interesting to see how hard it is to transition back.
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best of luck,
I've tried something similar. It was ok, but doesn't put you to sleep instantly, doesn't offer better sleep, and the alarm built in didn't wake me up. The one benefit was that it will get you to sleep even if you're not too tired.
You could also get this power nap kit which I just ordered since I sometimes have trouble falling asleep. I'm still in the middle of transition, and I'm convinced that in order to complete it, I need to tackle the problem from both ends. 1) I need to make the naps more restful and 2) I need to stop the oversleeps. One contributes to the other in a vicious cycle. Hopefully it will help me to fall asleep faster. I also ordered a couple other ones, so I'll compare all three.
try getting an SUV where you can properly lay out a flat area to nap on for 20 minutes. Or learn to take a nap anywhere.
Sounds like you're going through a similar transition back to monophasic as me. I had the urge to nap every 4-6 hours for about a week after switching back to monophasic. I miss all the extra time too.
I went through the same thing recently Tynan, I posted it in my last sleep update. My transition back went fine, I didn't sleep for a couple naps during the transition back and my eyes were almost completely shut although the rest of me felt fine, but I'm back on baby and feeling great about it!
Naps are always inconvenient, so I developed my own polyphasic sleeping schedule with only 3 naps and 4 hours of sleep per day.
Alright, rocketeers... this post is on a subject that's near and dear to my heart.
Whenever people hear about the polyphasic sleep schedule, they come up with reasons they couldn't do it. I don't know why... It's really awesome and everyone should want to do it. By far the most common excuse is :
"But I love my sleep. I would never want to give it up."
I love to sleep. I've slept easily 10 hours on average my life so far. Even though I love sleep I realize one thing:
Needless sleep has easily been the most unproductive thing I’ve done in my life.
Oversleeping is horrible. For one I find sleeping more than 9 hours a day usually begets more sleep, making you actually feel drowsier the majority of the day even though you technically slept more than enough. Furthermore sleeping extra just takes up time. sleeping 10 hours a day as opposed to 6 or 7 means I’m not awake for a whopping 90-110 hours a month. This adds up really quickly. Those extra 3 hours could be used to learn a language, programming, watch a good movie or documentary, exercise etc. Imagine everyday you had 1 more hour to spend learning vocabulary or studying? Imagine everyday you had 1 more hour to come up with a strategy for your business?