Day 2, 3 and 4 of the New Lifestyle

Well, it’s been a hectic last couple of days. If nothing else, this new routine has revitalised me and motivated me back in to “extreme” action.

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride with the polyphasic sleep routine. Most of all it’s been really difficult in the early hours of the morning when everything is dark and quiet. Here is the time I find it hardest to stay awake.

In fact, between 1-5am when I should be staying up but am really tired, I have decided to take an additional nap. This has worked really well. Firstly, because some of my day time naps – where I often don’t get to sleep – are then “transferred” to this early morning “extra” nap. Secondly, it’s made such a difference – when I wake up after the 5am nap, I am very refreshed.

Unfortunately, this morning I kind of messed up the routine – I set my alarm on my phone, but, alas, it was on silent and neglected to wake me. So I got a full 3.5 hour nap :P

Admittedly, this was great too. Albeit, it has messed up the rest of my day.

I wanted to address some comments that have been made over the past few days.

“There is now way you can get enough sleep in 30 minutes, you have to get to sleep first.” Admittedly, this was true the first 36 hours, it was really difficult to get to sleep in the first 30 minutes. But as you “tire” yourself from lack of sleep, this becomes gradually easier. Now, I get to sleep in between 5 – 10 minutes, and dream for about 20. Which leads me to another comment.

“2-3 hours sleep can’t be enough to be healthy and restful.” I can see why this would be the logical view on things. Since we progressed from baby to child, we have been consistently trained to sleep for longer periods of time. This is called monophasic sleep. And this is when we get to rest. But in reality, you only need REM sleep to reboot and refresh your brain. This is what we know as dreams. When you sleep at night your mind goes through cycles where you shift into and out of the dream state. You don’t really need ALL that sleep, only the REM sleep.

Polyphasic sleep tries to cut out all the unnecessary sleep and get the real action – REM sleep. It takes some time to “train” your mind, because what usually happens when you go to sleep monophasically, is that it takes time before you reach REM state. In polyphasic sleep, you have to enter REM state immediately as you close your eyes. This is why the first 1-2 weeks is the hardest when switching routine – you don’t get enough REM sleep. For more info, I found this short article very enlightening.

I can attest that the training is working. I usually have dreams when I take my naps, and I can get to sleep quite quickly now. So, it’s working. Surprisingly, this hasn’t been too rough a ride over all – of course some parts are almost unbearable.

Some positive benefits:

  • I can do more around the house. I have been cooking some of my specialities for the family. I can help more with cleaning etc. And, I can tell you this has DONE WONDERS for my relationship with my family.
  • I achieve more. I have a higher motivation to “just do it” and I have more time to “do it” all.
  • I am reading more, getting to think more, talking with the family more. All this builds my knowledge, understanding of the world and the people around me.

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