The first day is always one of the easiest. I’ve been through my first six naps, and I still feel coherent. Whether this is a factor of experience, pre-planning, or just remnants of my monophasic self doing okay on no sleep for a day, I don’t know, but I am hopeful that it’s a combination of all of these things that’s making it easier.
One of the things I’ve forgotten about polyphasic is that it gets lonely at 3am. My life is fairly different now than it has been in the past. I have a wife, roommates, a job. I’m rarely alone, and I’ve gotten pretty used to that. It’s a nice problem to have, I guess, considering how much I used to value my alone time. I get to do much more reflection, keep up with things I used to miss, and play more games. I’m considering grabbing a copy of Mass Effect 3, a game I’ve been eager to play, but haven’t had the time.
What do I hope to accomplish doing polyphasic? I know this is one of the big questions most people try to answer before they begin acclimation, but I find myself without much direction. I’ve always found that my reasons for doing it are very temporal–once I finish the series of small things I’ve been interested in doing (often acclimation itself is a goal), I run out of steam and desire to keep going. The last time I went through this, I stuck to it for a month, then gave it up when I went on vacation mostly out of embarrassment and a lack of desire to explain my strange habits to new people.
Instead, this time, I’m planning to focus on the why do I do polyphasic instead. I’ve always loved the way I feel when I’m acclimated. I feel I was born to sleep this way, and I remember vividly saying to my future wife, “This is the happiest day of my life” right at the end of my last acclimation. The calm that’s produced by knowing I have extra time, the knowledge that I’m the master of my body and mind, and the increase in productivity I get, coupled with the ability to legitimately nap at work all add up to one happy self.