Originally Posted by andrew
Okay, well I'm your typical college student, stay up late sleep in late.
I goto bed anywhere from 1-3am and wake up 8ish on weekdays DEAD until after my shower and breakfast. Weekends I sleep in as late as possible. Well I LOVE sleep. It's just so del.icio.us and wonderfull. But I also hate it because I waist so much time! Ugh.
So reading this thread has really got me interested. The fact you can get more from less is great! I always heard the more sleep the better. Also doing weight training and gaining weight I want to be sure to get enough recovery.
I could just go off and figure it on my own, but maybe you guys can help me off in the right direction. What should I do to start? How long should I try a configuration before trying something else? Alarm clocks or internal clock? Same bedtime and naptime everynight? What happens if I become dependent on the schedual and I can't keep it? (same thing I suppose as what happens mono)
Getting started doesn't have to be terribly complicated - try starting with a 1.5/4.5 hour split. Once your body's happy with that (it'll probably take a week or so to get used to it) it's easy to adjust it if you need to. The best times for me are :
90 minute nap starting around 7pm
4.5 hour core sleep starting around 2am
and this works well, but it just depends on your schedule.
Try and stick to whatever schedule you set for yourself, but don't beat yourself up if you oversleep or change the nap time one day because you're out somewhere. Keeping to a regular schedule just makes it a little bit easier for your body to get used to the change.
If you can, keep a note of the basic things (times, how tired/refreshed you felt afterward etc) and jot it down in the polyphasic sleep logs
thread. For questions on the routine or just biphasic sleeping in general, head back here.
Good luck. I'm keen to see how you find it.