Sleep Category Archive

How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

When your alarm wakes you up in the morning, is it hard for you to get up right away?  Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button and going right back to sleep? That used to be part of my daily awakening ritual too.  When my alarm would blare its infernal noise, I’d turn the damned […]

Polyphasic Sleep: The Return to Monophasic

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

After doing polyphasic sleep for about 5-1/2 months, I finally decided to switch back to monophasic.  I made the decision about 10 days ago and have already returned to Bearsville.  I went back to my previous pattern of being an early riser.  So now I sleep about 6.5 hours a night and wake up with […]

Bear Bombing

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Recently I’ve been having some fun with something I call “bear bombing.”  If my wife and kids decide they want to keep sleeping well past dawn, I grab my trusty digital kitchen timer (one with a very loud alarm), set the fuse for 4 seconds, and take up a position just outside one of their bedroom […]

Polyphasic Sleep in USA Today

Monday, February 27th, 2006

In today’s (Feb 27th) edition of USA Today, you can find a feature article about sleep by Marco R. della Cava titled, “When Sleep is Just a Dream.”  Marco interviewed my wife and me a few weeks ago for the article, so the last several paragraphs of the article are about my polyphasic sleeping pattern.  The article ends […]

Polyphasic Sleep 2.0

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Over the past several weeks, I’ve tried several tweaks to my polyphasic sleeping routine.  I felt my habit of sleeping this way was established enough that I could afford to experiment a little.  I figured that since this was now my default pattern, I wasn’t going to screw the whole thing up if I tried something different for […]

Polyphasic Sleep Put to Shame

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Just when I thought polyphasic sleep was the ultimate way to sleep…  I find an article about a man in Vietnam who hasn’t slept a wink in 33 years: Vietnam Man Handles Three Decades Without Sleep (via) Apparently 64-year old Thai Ngoc had a fever in 1973, and after that he never went to sleep […]

Polyphasic Mutants

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Today a visitor referred me to a lengthy article about polyphasic sleep.  You might find it interesting if you’ve been curious to learn more about the topic. The article basically attempts to dismiss the possibility of polyphasic sleep for human beings by referencing a number of resources, especially noting the large number of bloggers who’ve tried to adapt to it. […]

Polyphasic Sleep Update – Day 90

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Today is day 90 of my polyphasic sleep experiment.  It seems strange to refer to this as an experiment now, since it’s become such an ingrained habit. This will probably be my last update on polyphasic sleep, since the last 30 days were largely uneventful as far as this experiment goes.  I don’t have much to report that […]

Polyphasic Sleep Update – Day 60

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Today is the 60th day since beginning my polyphasic sleep experiment.  It’s hard to fathom that only 60 days have passed – it feels closer to 120 days. For the past several weeks, I’ve been receiving daily emails with questions about this experiment.  Many of those questions have already been answered in my previous polyphasic log entries for […]

Polyphasic Exercise

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Since polyphasic sleep has given me an abundance of extra free time each day, I’ve decided to devote some of that time to improving my fitness. I’ve been exercising regularly for over 15 years now (with some off periods never lasting more than a few months), but my focus has been almost entirely on aerobic […]