This has been the easiest adaptation ever. I have lots of experience with adapting to polyphasic, so take that with a grain of salt, but the way I feel during this process so far is not the torture I normally would associate with a major life shift. At this point, I’m only gaining about 3-5 hours per day of time, but to be able to do that with only a hint of tiredness at various points throughout the day is pretty amazing.
Today’s naps were the first naps that really felt productive. It’s been a little tough trying to train my brain to take naps when I don’t fall asleep. I know pattern building is more important than sleep in this kind of process, but it’s nice to feel like I need to take a nap instead of just wanting to.
I’ve found some decent places at my job to take a nap, and there’s an extra secret room I’m tempted to leverage if I can’t find a permanent home to sleep in. I feel awkward taking a nap at work twice a day, but I try to remind myself that it’s not much different than a smoke break or a short walk to go get coffee. Nobody’s seemed to notice so far and I’ve been mum on the process, too. I’m not keeping it to myself, per-se, but I don’t feel the need to share it with people that I’m doing this new, weird thing.
I’m curious how the next level of adaptation will go. At some point, I’m going to want to push the acclimation to the final phase, where I transition out my sleep between 2 AM and 6 AM. I haven’t even tried to do this yet, but I feel it’ll happen soon. Maybe tonight is the night, I’ve got a new game to play.