Great thread this is getting to be here. Might I suggest that folks put their sleep logs or other daily reports on the Record Your Polyphasic Sleep Logs Here thread, both polyphasic and biphasic? David has suggested that several times and it would be neat just to run through various people's experiences.
Couple random comments, I've got to run in a minute...
Originally Posted by Excelsius
I will change to biphasic and see maybe if I could do 2X 2hours a day.
Also, you mentioned that you went to medical school! Are you a doctor now? If so, you might have more interesting comments to add about this "ultradian" rythm. I'm a premed myself and the lack of time has forced me to reduce my 5-7hrs nightly sleep to 2-5 and I'm not even in the med school yet.
Anyone in here has successfully slept 5 or less hours a night with biphasic sleep? If so, could you provide details or links (if another thread)?
--I'm wondering Excelsius if it would make more sense to try to get the biphasic rhythm down with a bit more sleep than 4 hrs total per 24. Then, once that's done, maybe pay attention to cycle length and drop to less total sleep with same number of cycles as has been mentioned here. I think it's real important to avoid actual sleep deprivation with all this and I think that is possible, based on my own experience and others I've read here and via links.
Who knows, maybe with improved sleep and other activity adjustments which have to do with energy and focus (food, exercise, media, the actual timing of various things including exercise/food/studying/media), you might find you've actually increased your best-useable time, or increased your energy and focus so much that you need less time to get more done.
---yah, I'm an internist and psychiatrist in a small mountain town in western montana. Great that you're working to understand your energy cycles and sleep cycles now
Good luck with all that
--only sometimes!) I enjoyed med school and residency an amazing amount while I was doing it.
Originally Posted by David Hausladen
Wow, you're really going all-out on the sleep logs--this looks really awesome, and should provide some great data. What you've got there in terms of fields is far more than I would have thought of, but in terms of other possibilities, I have one idea: if you believe you can track it objectively, record the duration and intensity of sleep inertia
after each nap--from when you shut off the alarm to when you are alert and awake (you would have to determine ahead of time what your standard is for being alert and awake). For example, this morning my sleep inertia was intense--it was hard to get myself moving--but it dissipated fairly quickly--after only about 10 or 15 minutes. Up to you if you want to include that in your report; I just think it's an interesting factor to consider in monitoring any sleep schedule.
Re. sleep inertia, good term for that ... Has anyone looked into what can be done with this? I find that light is amazing and there's lots of literature on that. Also movement, water (both drinking a glass full and splashing it on my face) and a real regular system for when the first 5-10 minutes after my feet hit the floor. And also that one piece of discipline that lets me know I've decided the night before when I'm getting up--no negotiation first thing in the morning--my "system" works from there. I've found that it works really great and I'm feeling good within a minute of arising. Some of this might be physiological but I wonder how many people who actually built a system of these and other elements wouldn't feel the same.
Re. dreaming-----quite a while ago, I got into recording my dreams just to see what they were. For abt a year, I had a notebook at the side of my bed and I wrote whenever I had a dream, upon awakening and in the middle of the night--the latter based on suggestion while falling asleep. I found I could write legibly and not even remember having woken up to write! The dreams themselves were fascinating.
All best, looking forward to more,...