I think I’m finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
This past evening was a lot better in that I could actually spend some time working on projects that I had to get done on my computer without beginning to dose off. It’s not to say I didn’t have a case of the yawns last night, but at least it wasn’t a constant struggle just to stay awake this time. It’s exciting to think that I may finally be transitioning…or it could just be coincidence. I’ll have a better idea tomorrow.
I’m still not entirely sold on this whole polyphasic-sleep thing. I know it’s a bit early in the game, but from my point of view it seems like forever ago when I started this experiment. Shouldn’t I be feeling more alert by now? Don’t worry, I’m not planning on giving up any time soon (I still have 26 days to go); I guess I’m just expecting better results.
This evening my wife and daughter and I went out to eat and I’ve noticed that my appetite during the day has also been affected. Like I said on Day 2 of the log, the fact that I’m not hungry at night is understandable, but usually during the day I have a good appetite. At the restaurant I only ended up ordering a salad.
Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe it’s not that my hunger level has changed throughout the day but what I crave. I’ve been drinking a lot more water lately and have been drawn to eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Especially at night, if I do eat anything, I’ll just take a fruit or two.
Reading other peoples experiences, they seem to suggest that to succeed at polyphasic sleeping it helps to be a vegetarian. I for one am not vegetarian, so it’ll be interesting to see how I fare. Then again, I’m not doing the full Uberman sleep schedule so maybe there’s a difference. Maybe the Everyman sleep schedule allows for non-vegetarians too.
While I am on that subject, if I do succeed in adapting to this, it would be interesting for me as an experiment to see if I can adapt to the full Uberman schedule after doing this for a while. Would it be easier than trying to go full-bore into Uberman? I haven’t heard of anyone who has tried that yet. If you’ve done this and you’re reading this, post a comment letting me know what your experience was like. I’d really be interested.
It would make sense that it would be easier to adapt, since with the Everyman sleep schedule you still need to train your body to reach the important REM stage in a 20-min sleep session. I’m curious to know how dependent the body becomes on that 3-hour core sleep session. Would it be difficult, after adapting to Everyman, to simply cut the 3-hour core and replace it with three more 20-min naps spread evenly throughout the day? That remains to be seen. Since the typical sleep cycle is 1.5 hours maybe I could progress to Uberman in stages by replacing the 3-hour core sleep session with a 1.5 hour one and adding an extra nap. If that works well then I could transition completely over to Uberman.
While that is interesting, full Uberman is still not possible with my schedule. But now that I think about it, maybe I could do my standard three naps at 7am, 12pm, and 7pm and then take three more at 10pm, 1am and 4am. From Steve Pavlina’s experience, I know that you have some flexibility in when you can take the naps — the key is just not to miss them.