It’s 5 AM. I’ve been up since 3:30 AM. It has taken me 90 minutes to get it together enough to focus on doing anything other then surf articles on sleep studies. Everything I’m finding that has something positive to say about polyphasic sleep is anecdotal. Everything empirical warns of the dangers of polyphasic sleep, sleep deprivation and addresses the benefits of REM sleep. I like dreaming. Not only do I enjoy dreaming, as a Jungian, dreams have played an important role in my personal growth, inner work and general health of my psyche. Then there’s the part about studies showing the importance REM sleep plays in neurological health.
Yes, I knew all this before I started this sleep cycle. At the moment I’m grumpy and have the worst jet lag I’ve ever experienced without the reward of reaching a pleasant destination. AND I judge I’ve been trolled by a ubiquitous pseudo science meme.
WTF is the point of gaining 3 hours a day if it takes me 2 hours to become 50% functional? Hell, it’s taking me twice as long as normal to put together a simple blog post.
I’m having serious second thoughts about this polyphasic sleep cycle.
Oh, did I mention I’m grumpy?
6 AM: I fell asleep in my chair while working in MAX.
7:10 AM: First nap of the day. Went to sleep almost immediately. Got up in 20 minutes when the alarm went off and feel like shit. The rest of the morning has been terrible. I fell asleep during meditation. My eyes are burning and I have lost all ability to focus.
11:10: Second nap same as the first. I’m physically weak, fortunately today is not a weight lifting day. I’m dreading doing cardio. So at this point I’ve lost 4 important facets of my daily life. 1. Concentration and focus. 2. Quality meditation. 3. Joy in physical activity. 4. Peace of mind/happiness.
Did I mention I’m grumpy? Not a little grumpy. But a total asshole kind of grumpy.
05:10 PM: Third nap same as the first. Just FUGLY. Fell asleep working in Finale.
09:00 PM: I’m done. The experiment is officially over. Good night.
Did I mention I’ve been trolled by a ubiquitous pseudo science meme?
More on what I learned tomorrow.