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You may remember that I tried to do polyphasic sleeping a while back, and was sabotaged by my own brain.
It turns out that the writer of one of my favourite web comics has another sleep suggestion for those with flexible schedules.
Make sure you leave your mouse over the comic to read the pop up text.
Things were going so well. I was feeling tired, but resolved. I had a plan to keep myself awake. I was enjoying having the extra time.
I just finished the final nap of my first full day of true polyphasic sleeping. It was really hard to get up after this one, but now, about 20 minutes later, I feel alright.
Was able to get to sleep smoothly yet again, and had a quick dream that I can’t remember. I did whack the snooze button once though, and I’ve got to stop doing that, as it might be defeating the purpose. Duh.
Fell asleep quite easily, again, but needed to whack the snooze button a couple times. Funny, I think this is just a subconscious reaction to my alarm, as it’s what I usually do when I wake up feeling tired. It’s like I’m forgetting what it is I’m trying to accomplish in the first few seconds of waking.
I finally fell asleep. I remember having a strange dream where I was playing recreational volleyball with some friends and there was no net. And I woke directly from this dream when the alarm went off.
So far my plan to avoid falling back to sleep is working. Unfortunately, I can’t sleep when I’m supposed to, either.
OK, so I have a new plan of attack. Jumping up when my alarm goes off has never been a problem. (Mostly because I never actually fall asleep.) The problem has been not staying up long enough to resist the temptation of going back to sleep.
This isn’t working. During all my naps, I wasn’t able to fall asleep at all, and when my 4am nap came around, I did the old “sit on the bed” trick after I turned off the alarm, and the next thing I knew, it was 11am.
As of 10am yesterday, I put myself on a polyphasic sleep schedule, starting with a 30 minute nap at noon, with subsequent naps every 4 hours. The drill goes like this: every 4 hours, I go to bed and set a nap alarm for 30 minutes. I go to sleep, and wake up 30 minutes later when the alarm goes off.