Sunday, November 30, 2008

Post Thanksgiving Friendship Bash

So I've been playing halo till about 6 am for the last 2 days with a friend visiting from florida. Its pretty cool to hang out with more than just one person at crazy o clock in the morning. I'm surprised actually how active my friend group is between the hours of 2-6 am. But this is not going to last due to the fact that its vacation for them and they are about to head back to school leaving me and graham alone in the void of non sleep.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Adaption Madness

So for the past 2 days because of turkey day I've been unable to post on this blog. Day 3 went off without a hitch which really surpised me due to the fact that was supposed to be the hell day. I had issues sleeping at naps that day which kind of disturbed me and probably should have prepared me for day 4.

Day 4 was a clusterfuck, the morning was terrible during turkey day but it ramped back up into normalcy. The zombie mode time starting to become more relavant as I go into this thing. I do feel like my adaption period is going better than last time because I am prepared and know whats going on. I'm using so many tactics I learned from last time which I am going to list here if you are attempting this as well.

1. Oversleeping is not bad, you will do it. Essentially your body is still in the circadian rhythm and it is extremely hard to break out of that. Oversleeping does not nessecarilly hurt your chances of becoming polyphasic. What is happening is that your body is fighting sleep deprivation. If you just keep taking the naps every 4 hours you will eventually adapt. You will begin getting tired at each of the 6 intervals during the day and you will slide into the sleep pattern.

2. Increasing frequency of naps when tired or at night. Yet again sleep deprivation is the killer of polyphasic sleep. It feels awful to go through it without helping yourself out. Try to take extra naps at the mid point between the killer nap intervals like at night.

3. Purposefully doing a oversleep during the zombie mode period. This will allow you to essentially skip that horrible mind torturing event. I am not sure if you can skip it every time and still adapt but I've only used this tactic once this adaption period and I feel fine. Just make sure to keep rolling with the naps during the day and you should feel fine.

Not dead, feelin pretty fine, still rollin. Oh yeah!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Day 2

Initially around 8-11 am I was fairly tired and had some serious issues concentrating but after my 12 noon nap I started feeling alot better. Later on in the day I did not have any issues staying awake or with sleep deprivation. As of right now I feel almost completely normal. My last two naps have been accompanied by the time dilation effect that I had in my previous attempt. Strangely enough I almost feel as if nothing is adversely effecting my health. I did physical tests and actually improved since before I started a day ago. We'll see how it goes in the next few days when the more killer days come at me. My state of mind is either at 100% or very close to it I do not feel much different from when I was not on polyphasic sleep. This concerns me somewhat, maybe the experiment before permenantly changed my sleep rhythm.

The difference between this time and last time is the hunger is much more prominent. I feel like I'm starving at different times during the day and I try to sate it by drinking some water. Maybe this is the grape juice craving? I don't know I never particularly craved grapes last time. I feel somewhat like this is almost natural.

4:00 AM

So I played some deadspace before going to sleep for the 4 am nap. Turns out the game is really scarry. I was wandering through dimly lit passageways filled with rubble and litter with nothing but a space suit and a gun. Its a really atmospheric game and honestly I dont think I can play it when I am the only one here. Thank god my friend is here too or else I would have hid under the blankets and passed out. While meandering through the space hulk the cat jumped on my leg and I proceeded to flip the eff out. Belive me that I jumped the same way when the aliens attacked me as when the cat appeared on my lap.

I notice the effects of sleep on my friend alot more than on me. His blinking rate and length of time his eyes are shut during a bink has increased. This is interesting being able to see someone else go through this at the same time as myself. I belive that I am probably going to adapt faster considering I have not aquired these behaviors as well.

Monday, November 24, 2008


First nap was ok, I kinda slept not really sure. My friend's alarms did not wake him up so he overslept a few minutes till I woke him up. I'm a little worried about him considering he overslept on the first nap.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Return to Polyphasic

I will be re entering a polyphasic sleep lifestyle after being off of it for over a year. This time I will be keeping track of various things to see how polyphasic sleep is effecting my body and mind. I am interested in how the return to polyphasic will effect me due to the fact that I have done this already. Perhaps the adaption period will go alot smoother and less painfully than it was last time.
The only long lasting effects that I have noticed from polyphasic sleep have been the ability to take naps. I used to not be able to do this but now I can ever since I started.

Alright I am going to be going on a schedule of 4 8 12 round the clock and I start tuesday. Yet again it will be the uberman schedule with 25 minute naps. This time a friend is coming along with me for the journey. We'll see if we last through the adaption period. I really hope he makes it because that will cut down on the boredom and social issues alot.

What I am planning to do in order to keep me entertained is:

1. Learn how to use the OCZ NIA to control videogames with my mind.
2. Learn a second language (probably greek)
3. Work on short animated film for film festivals next year.
4. Excersize, books, movies

I'll keep the blog up to date on my status of things so its not just polyphasic but how I progress through these other challenges to maybe make it more interesting.

I am extremely excited for tuesday. I need to get a new portable alarm clock, my old one is broken.