Monthly Archives: July 2012

Polyphasic and Sickness

Tuesday morning, I slowly developed a cold. It’s always only a matter of time, but eventually you’ll have to deal with sickness on polyphasic. There’s two ways to do that, muscle through or go monophasic until it blows over. During acclimation, this is compounded by a lack of habit and a lack of flexibility. I […]

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Polyphasic week 3

Things have started to solidify now; I’ve been having dreams, including one rare nightmare, waking up without my alarm, and feeling great during the day. The only real problem I’m facing is my 4:30 am nap. I have trouble waking up from it and I have trouble staying awake after. I find myself bobbing my […]

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Polyphasic Week 2

Acclimation has started pretty well so far. I’m feeling more alert, more capable, and more flexible in the fastness I stay to the pattern. This is both a good and a bad thing, considering that I’m not fully habitualized yet. If I don’t keep it up, I risk losing the last 2 weeks of effort […]

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Polyphasic Week 1 – Retrospective

What a roller coaster ride it’s been. Experience counts for something when it comes to Polyphasic, but it’s always different. I’ve been humbled by my own brains and their irrational desire to sleep for whatever reason. I’ve got my theories on why we sleep, but I think the truest reason is because if we don’t, […]

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Polyphasic Day 8 – Routine

Today was normal as far as acclimation goes. Naps were uneventful, my evening was mild, I woke up without event. I feel good today, and I’m expecting that if I don’t do anything rash and just stick to the plan that tonight will again be uneventful and hopefully, more productive. So, with that in mind, […]

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Polyphasic Day 7 – Missing Naps

Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way you planned. I’m not giving up polyphasic, oh no, I mean the whirlwind, last-minute road trip to LA that left me missing two naps in a row on Sunday. That was definitely not planned and reminded me the grave situation that polyphaic puts you in. I’ve experienced […]

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Polyphasic Day 6

The worst oversleep yet. I missed my 12:30 alarm entirely and didn’t wake up until my next alarm at 5. I’m glad I set one! The day was pretty good, otherwise. I went to a wedding and the ceremony fell neatly between sleeps. I I think I like this :30 business–nobody seems to schedule anything […]

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Polyphasic Day 5

Yesterday was busy. Trying to fit a nap in with chores and errands was difficult. My wife and I spent most of the night driving, and I think it was a little premature. I took an extra nap between my 12:30 and 4:30 naps because I didn’t trust myself on the road. It was too […]

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Polyphasic Day 4

A minor oversleep here and there has caused the last few naps to be tough to wake up from. I find my mind whispering to me, “what’s another 5 minutes?” and me almost agreeing. Thoughts like this are usually interconnected with other problems, so I’ve been making sure everything else is taken care of. I’m […]

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Polyphasic Day 3

Here we are, in the thick of it. I’ve started hitting the wall for sleepiness and the real potential for oversleeping will be tonight. I’m dedicated to it, and I know that if I make it through tonight, everything will be fine, but convincing myself of that at 3 in the morning when my eyes […]

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