Intermission, Day 1 (Free-Running Sleep)
I'm now nearing the end of Day 1 of 3 on a free-running sleep schedule. My sleep hours have been unregulated, and my initial period of sleep was 1:30am to 11:30am. I also took a short nap in the afternoon, not from tiredness, but simply because I sat down in a recliner while in a relaxed mood and let myself fall asleep. I really haven't felt significant tiredness at any point in the day, though I expect within an hour or two to get my body's signal to go to bed.
I have to say that I wish there was a way for free-running sleep to be as efficient as biphasic or polyphasic sleep, or even monophasic sleep with an alarm. It's a sleep style that lends itself to a very relaxed and carefree feeling. (It helps that this is the first day in more than a week that I've not been mentally and physically sluggish and at times prone to intense drowsiness.) In the long term, though, free-running sleep is just not as practical as any other sleep schedule. Also, waking up during free-running sleep has a distinctively slow, lethargic feeling that I don't really enjoy. I recognize the great utility of this three-day intermission, but I'll also be glad when I get to start into biphasic sleep.
Last edited by David Hausladen; 11-17-2006 at 07:03 AM.