Polyphasic Day 5

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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 early, and I’d like to stress this a little more. Take your time. The reason for driving was important, and we felt the risk was worth it, but in hindsight, it was probably reckless.

I overslept once this afternoon. All of my oversleeps this far have been in a bed, not a chair. I really need to be better about that and ask for help if I crash in a bed or just really focus on the chair. I’ve got 2 more nights and days to make sure acclimation is close enough that I’ll be useful at work. I know I can do it, I just need to kick up the urgency a bit. I’ve been approaching this acclimation with a lackadaisical attitude and I think that’s hurt. Sure, it’s old hat, it’s been done 4 times before, but it’s still tough, and I shouldn’t be so cocky. My brain doesn’t want to change, it’s sheer willpower that motivates me, and I need to remember that.

Night before last, I managed to get some programming in during the wee hours. It’s nice to know that my brains still seem to function well at 4:00 am, even with a little sleep dep in there.

I’ve been on the Four-Hour Body diet for over a month now and I feel it’s pretty sustainable, even with polyphasic. I know Ferris has a chapter on polyphasic and whether it works with the diet, but I don’t know if he’s addressed my big question, “If I have 22 hours awake in the day, when does my ‘cheat day’ begin and end?” I opted for midnight to midnight, but I doubt he really has a recommendation for this. I’ll post here if I find anything.

Driving and Polyphasic

First of all, be careful when adapting to Polyphasic of any kind. Not only can you feel tired at an instant, but microsleeps and the like can cause you to drop off before you know it. If you happened to be driving while that tired, you could be a huge danger to yourself and others. Always err on the side of caution. When you’re on polyphasic, the whole point is to have more time, so why not take that extra time and drive slowly, carefully, and only when you’re fully awake. If you HAVE to drive and are tired on polyphasic, take a nap first. Few things won’t wait 20 minutes more and it might just save your life.

This weekend, I drove to LA and back through the night. Driving in the middle of the night is always an amazing experience. In California, we have traffic everywhere, and even at 3:30 in the morning, there’s people on the road. Even so, there are so many fewer people that driving in LA in the early morning feels like a joy. If you’re fully adapted and don’t mind the quiet, I highly recommend doing all of your travelling while the world sleeps. When you get there and everyone’s just waking up, it’s a neat feeling.