Polyphasic Sleep Pattern – One Week Past: Crashed!

From having trouble with sleep for a long time now I decided to give Polyphasic Sleep a try – an alternation of Everyman – and this is my rundown of the first week that has passed.

START: Sunday (4th) was the start day after having decided to go for 4 hours of sleep plus two 25 minutes of nap-time. This Sunday I started with the naps, one at midnight and one at four am. After I came home from work the following Monday afternoon I was hammered and went for bed to get my 4 hours of sleep. I did oversleep, sadly, and got roughly 5 hours. That meant my planned nap for midnight Monday through Tuesday never happened and I ended up with only one 25 minute nap at four am.

TUESDAY: The workday during Tuesday went better than previous day although I was a little fuzzy and had issues with concentration and there was like this blurry outline of the surrounding environment, like I had a circle around me at about 30 foot radius beyond which I could not clearly see. From moments to moments time seemed to get slower. It was never a big problem, just an observation. Once again when I got home from work I went to bed at four pm to have my 4 hours of sleep. This time I woke early, just having slept for 3 hours and 20 minutes. I did however manage to fall asleep again and get my full 4 hours.

WEDNESDAY: So, night between Tuesday and Wednesday: no midnight nap. However I have had a longer powernap of 40 minutes from 3:30 am. This is a change I did. Instead of going for two 25 minutes I now push for one 40 minute nap. I feels like that is what my body wants. One observation I had this day was lack of orientation of time and day. When I woke from my 4 hours sleep it felt like Wednesday but in reality it was still Tuesday. My energy levels for the day was decent.

THURSDAY: After what I thought of a success with the longer powernap I decided to go for it once again. Wednesday after work I did go to sleep as previous days and later have a 40 minutes nap at 3:30 am. I felt fine throughout the entire Thursday up until sleep time again, when I got home from work at 4 pm. But here’s where it got completely off track. I crashed! I did go for my sleep but I never woke after my 4 hours of sleep.

FRIDAY: Yes I did crash when I went for Thursdays sleep and I woke up Friday evening, at 7 pm and missed my entire workday. I have done this before, sleeping pass an entire workday. This new sleeping schedule was so I could work around it – learn to sleep less and stop getting late for work or as it sometimes goes: miss an entire work day. Now my entire sleep schedule is off track. Again!

WHAT’S NEXT? I honestly have no idea. Sure I could just get back at it. See this as a set back and just keep pushing forward in my attempt to have a better sleeping schedule. I could use the weekend to manage sleep time. Now it’s 11 pm so in theory I can still have my nap at 3:30 and power through Saturday. But yea, I am confused and not sure how to really deal with this whole setback.  I am also confused in the sense of time. I have to think hard on what has happened the past few days, when I did what and hell, even what day it actually is. Everything is kind of a blur, days flow together. It though.

I knew going in to this that first week was going to be hellish. And it have been. From drowsiness to a somewhat functioning mind to messed up perception of time and miss-placing stuff and being just random. I also knew that going in to this I had to power through at least three to four weeks before getting a day with more normal energy levels and solid sleep.

But this huge setback sucks. It kind of blew me back to square one and doing first week again sucks. I’ll be back with updates on this…

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Author: Alaska Frank

Who is Alaska Frank? Some would describe him as a strange fellow with really messed up ideas. Maybe that’s true as his scripts are pretty damn odd. And brutal. For me, Alaska Frank is my personal way to handle reality. He’s my alter ego I created long ago to match the way I feel. The name Alaska points to my cold heart and no feeling of regret or shame or any other feelings for that matter. Frank stands for my honesty to everyone in any given situation. Some might take this as something offensive and become mad or sad or both while others appreciate it. My alter ego Alaska Frank has grown over the years and has now, in recent times he has become a real person for me. Even if you can’t meet Alaska Frank in real person he exist within me and follows me everywhere and I can bring him out whenever I need him. This might sound odd, like I escape the reality, afraid to meet the harsh. This is not the case. Alaska Frank is me and has always been me. It’s just not until my later years I realized it. Call it an identity crisis. Or any other thing if you like. But the fact is – I am Alaska Frank. And will always be. And I identify myself with my own creation. The main occupation for Alaska is writing, mostly drama for the stage but at some occasions he also writes fiction novels and poetry. He is fond charmed by the things presented with an open mind, things created to think and philosophize about. A bit of odd dark humor thrown in to it does not hurt either. Alaska Frank is pretty open with his projects he’s working on and if you are interested you can read small and early synopsis-like presentations of a bunch of stories he has in the Upcoming project and Current Project-pages. Feel free to comment on everything you read on this blog, either it’s posts or pages. I will answer if there’s a question in hand. Something else you might want to know: Alaska Frank is from Sweden, hence his main language are not English. He writes in English for the simple reason to learn, so if you read any of the content on this blog feel free to comment on this matter.

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