Hmm its been almost a month since my last update. I hope this doesn’t turn in to a trend…
To name just a few excuses:
- Been on a few trips – Electric Zoo FTW
- Started going to school again
- Got lazy
- Started a new sleep cycle
Though one of these distractions actually made me want to write about it, so maybe it doesn’t belong on the list…
I want to talk about the new sleep cycle that I’m on, called the Everyman cycle.
It’s a form of Polyphasic sleep. In summary, polyphasic sleep has you sleeping not for one extended period (8-ish hours), rather you spread out your sleeping over the course of the day. In the Everyman cycle, you sleep for about three hours at night, then have three evenly spaced, twenty minute naps throughout the day.
I have been on it for almost 4 days now. As I write this, I am approaching my 4am – 7am sleeping period.
The main objective here is to have more time in the day. Why more time is better should be obvious. The secondary objective is to build self-discipline in order to enhance other aspects of life. This cycle builds discipline because it requires mental energy to stick to a mostly fixed schedule every day, while also providing a reward for succeeding.
As with any new sleep cycle, it takes time to adjust. In the case of Everyman, it tends to take a couple weeks to be fully adapted. For me personally, it has not been unbearably difficult. The worst part is waking up at 7am after only 3 hours of sleep. I already messed up once and overslept because I drank the night before. Drinking is a BIG NO NO when adapting to this cycle. It forced me to not be tired enough to take my naps later on, which messed up my rythm a bit. Strategies I have been using to help me along:
- Set alarms on phone to go off when a nap should start and (obviously) end
- Have a sugary / caffeinated drink next to alarm
- Attach motivating note to alarm that I have to see before I can turn it off
- Keep the lights on, even for the 4am – 7am sleep
- DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL
So far, I am impressed. Traditionally I have been an insomniac and long sleeper. I don’t like going to sleep, but when I do I like to hibernate for as long as possible. I would sometimes sleep for 10 – 12 hours a day.
With this new cycle, I have been tired, but never so tired that I would pass out if I lost concentration. Some times, I’ll have had more energy than I can remember having in a long time! My dreams have been very vivid. I even had a lucid dream earlier today, which I don’t get often. Concentration and motivation also seems to be improved, with anxiety reduced (probably because my mind is too tired to do it). Most importantly, the extra 4 hours a day is amazing. I feel like each day lasts forever, and it can be hard for me to remember all the things that I was able to do that day.
Overall, I am very excited to see how my life changes once I completely adapt to the new cycle. The main challenge for now is to just not mess up for the next couple of weeks…