###Captain’s log: Day 1 Monday, Feb 10th, 2:38am
What fun is there in trying something like a backwards sleep cycle if you’re not going to keep a Captain’s Log?
So here ‘tis: I started the polyphasic sleep cycle about 24 hours ago, with aspirations to align with the uberman schedule. A few minutes ago, I found this guide, which has some getting used to napping advise. In retrospect, that is good advice, as I wasn’t able to fall asleep 2/3 naps I took. I also only took 3 naps, because they were a little more Every man than uber man.
###List of sleeps taken during the first day:
I took my first nap around 12:45AM, but don’t believe I fell asleep. Around 1:30am my alarm whent off. It was quite a struggle to not call off the entire experiment and get a normal night’s sleep. It was like being offered a free bucket of KFC when you’re trying to go vegetarian. Somehow I got up and started to read a book. I turned on a few lights to simulate daytime, and sat around for 30 minutes or so. Then I got up and worked / surfed on the cpu until the next nap, around 5:45am. I also made some homemade corn tortillas and guac to pass the time. It was pretty cool having an extra few hours in the middle of the night to read / consume articles on polyphasic sleep / think about how tired I was going to be the next day.
Nap two occured at 5:45am, and this is where I really slipped up. Instead of getting up at 6:20am or so, turns out I wanted to sleep till 9:20. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a lazy sloth that should be put in some sort of boot camp. When I got up, I was full of energy. I attempted a short ~ 10 minute meditation, and things felt normal. I got up and finished the corn tortillas, which were the spoils of war against sleep on that first night.
- Nap three was one of those naps that you crave all day at work / school. Around 1:30pm, I had a deep power nap and woke up very energized, and enthusiastic about the whole experiment. Since I slept so long that morning (core sleep), I figured I would hold off until around 10pm for the next nap. I had plenty of energy and took a bike ride all the way to Olneyville to visit a mexican food mart I found on Yelp. The food mart was one of the dingiest places I’ve been in, ever. The first can of kidney beans I picked up had a “best used by” date ending in 2007! Still, I spoke some spanish and somehow came out of there with ajo fresco, comina, canela, chili powder, and a few cans of frijoles (was planning on making a chilé, which came out boss) <br /.>
- Nap 4 was the last of the day, starting around 10:45. I didn’t fall
asleep however (maybe because the coffee I drank in between nap 3 and
4…?), and went through two rounds of pushing the alarm back, as I was
pretty determined to get some sort of sleep. I finally did, and awoke at