When I first started this schedule, the whole day was a hard period. I was a zombie.
As I moved on, the days started getting ok and the nights were hard.
Soon I felt tired from 11pm-5am, but was ok after that.
Ever since then my hard period has been moving forward and shrinking. Right now it's basically 11:30am - 2pm. This period KILLS me. Yesterday I was on the phone, and I noticed it was 11:05 - past due for my nap. I get off the phone and go to sleep, barely even tired.
I wake up and feel AWFUL. I'm fuzzy on what happened after that, but I know I woke up lying on the couch - and it DEFINITELY wasn't nap time. I don't even sit on my couches, so it was clearly subconcious. I feel like I've got one more hard push to get through and then I will be there.
My family is very critical of this whole plan, and I go to Massachusetts with them on the 23rd, so it's really important to me that I am 100% by then. I think if I can push through this hard period, I will get there. I don't feel like I need MORE sleep during the day because for the rest of the time I'm wide awake. It's 4:40am right now and I could easily read, ride a bike, or do anything. When 7am comes around, I won't feel the need for a nap. I just need to have a more consistent drowsiness level.
I'm on day 33, so I really would have expected to be fully adapted by now. I'm slightly disappointed that I'm not, but at least now I have more productive hours each day, even if a few of my new hours are tough.
Manish is back on the schedule, as I may have written earlier. His tough period right now seems to be around 5-9am, so I'm going to start going to his house to keep him awake during that time, and then he will come here during mine. We'll start this tomorrow, so hopefully that will push us the last 10 yards!
If you're awake from 11:30am-2pm CST and want to call me to help keep me awake, the number is (512) xxx-xxxx. Strangers are welcome too - I'm more than happy to tell you all about polynapping and answer questions.
Manish and Neetu gave up I think. That sucks because I was really looking forward to having friends on this plan too. Also it's much easier to stay awake as a group than individually.
Here's where I'm at right now :
Was up late last night, woke today 11:30AM.
Man, the difference between waking at 4:30 and 11:30 is staggering. If I had to guess, I think I'd guess somewhere between 300% and 500% higher productivity for being up at 4:30AM.
If you do "standard morning stuff" after waking for 30-60 minutes, shower, groom yourself, and eat, you can sit down to work sometime between 5AM to 7AM on the early schedule.
You're starting between noon and 2PM on the late schedule.
Why's it matter? A lot of things. Psychologically, the "ahh, I'm up early" helps. Then, it seems like we naturally start to slow down when it starts getting darker at nights.