Day 0

As I mentioned previously, Day 0 went as expected.  I feel a little bit sick and tired from the lack of sleep but nothing I haven’t felt before.  I did use a bit of caffeine to keep me awake in the middle of the day and the evening.  I am currently not tired right now but I will attempt to take a nap when I’m done writing this.  I have a project I need to finish tomorrow so it will give me something to do to pass the night.  Now, the real test begins, as waking up is much more difficult than staying up for me.


About my Polyphasic Attempt

This is some background on how I intend to conduct my attempt to convert to a nap-based sleep schedule, and how I plan to run this blog during my conversion.

The method of adaptation I am pursing is fairly straight forward – Go a day without sleep and then take as many 20 minute naps as needed.  The reason for the day of sleep deprivation is to increase the effectiveness of naps, as one of the common problems is failing to fall asleep during a nap period.  To wake up, I am going to be using an iOS alarm clock called Freaky Alarm, an app that refuses to turn off until a math problem is solved (easier said than done in the daze of waking up).  As backup, I will also be using the Clocky alarm clock, which has wheels to prevent me from catching it and turning it off easily.

I do not plan to have a rigid number of blog updates, although I intend on having at least one per day.  Realistically, on easier days, I will do one update, but on more difficult days I will do 2 or 3 updates.  If you have any questions or comments, just reply to the latest post and I’ll do my best to reply.

I’m currently in the sleep deprivation part, and it is about 4am.  Of course, being a University Student, I’m used to all-nighters so I do not think I will need to post an update until the end of the day, before I first nap (I’ll call this Day 0).  Until then, happy napping!

About Me

Before I start my polyphasic quest I’ll give some background on myself.

I’m an 19 year old from Ontario, Canada, and am currently in my second of Software Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

I have a few reasons for polyphasic sleeping.  Obviously I would like more hours in the day.  I don’t doubt that I couldn’t fit all my studying with plenty of time for social life within a regular 8 hour schedule, however I’m a big procrastinator and it would be nice to have some extra hours to mess around.  I also have a lot of trouble getting up in the morning which means regular sleep-ins of 12 hours or greater, leading to missed classes almost every day.  I rarely made it to any of my classes before 12, and being an engineer, that’s a lot of class to miss.  My final reason is simply just to do it as an experiment and for the extra lucid dreams it hopefully brings.