Sleep Category Archive

Polyphasic Sleep – Response to Reader Feedback

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Now to address some questions/issues that readers raised with respect to my polyphasic sleep experiment. More Details on Naps: On my polyphasic schedule, I spend about 15-20 minutes asleep during each nap. I set my countdown timer alarm for 30 minutes right when I lie down. It usually takes me 5-10 minutes to fall asleep, […]

Polyphasic Sleep Log – Day 6

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Today was the best by far. My energy and alertness levels have taken a big leap forward. Right now I’d say I feel at least as good as I did when sleeping monophasically (a 10 on a scale of 1-10). It’s almost unbelievable that I can feel so wide awake, alert, and energetic on only […]

Polyphasic Sleep Log – Day 5

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

My polyphasic sleeping experience of the last 24 hours wasn’t quite as good as that of Day 4. My naps weren’t as restorative, and I spent much of last night feeling drowsy. I added a couple extra naps to make it through the night. That seemed to help, as I did finally have some dreams […]

Polyphasic Sleep Log – Day 4

Monday, October 24th, 2005

If there’s a hump, I’m probably past it. The past 24 hours of polyphasic sleep have been my best so far. Last night was the first night where I felt fairly alert and awake without too much drowsiness. I still grabbed an extra 20-minute nap at 3am (between my scheduled 1am and 5am naps), but […]

Polyphasic Sleep Log – Day 3

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

It seems the polyphasic sleep adaptation is beginning to take root. I’m finally beginning to have dreams during my naps, which indicates REM sleep. In fact, sometimes the dreams seem to begin even before I feel I’ve fallen asleep. It’s not quite the same as lucid dreaming. It feels more like being in two places […]

Polyphasic Sleep Log – Day 2

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

So far, so good. I’ve continued getting all my scheduled naps on time without oversleeping. This day was much harder than the previous one though. My best cycle of all was the 5-9pm one yesterday. I was in a state of relaxed consciousness, but with virtually no mental chatter. Perhaps my brain was too tired […]

Polyphasic Sleep Log – Day 1

Friday, October 21st, 2005

I’ve completed my first day on the polyphasic sleep schedule, napping for 20-30 minutes every four hours. It’s been almost 36 hours since I last awoke from a full night’s sleep. “Day” is a relative term on this schedule, since the daytime sleeping schedule is no different than the nighttime one. I’m not sure whether […]

Polyphasic Sleep

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

A couple days ago, I saw a post about polyphasic sleep on LifeHack.org. Since then I’ve been emailed about this topic as well, probably because I’ve written previously about becoming an early riser. Polyphasic sleep involves taking multiple short sleep periods throughout the day instead of getting all your sleep in one long chunk. A […]

How to Become an Early Riser – Part II

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Last Monday’s post How to Become an Early Riser obviously struck a chord with many people. That post has generated more links than I can count, sending more new traffic to this site than any other post or article I’ve written. And the traffic logs indicate that the surge was decentralized (not attributable to a […]

How to Become an Early Riser

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting […]