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

Alaska Frank is just a coffee loving playwright with his head in the bushes - and occasionally writer of poetry and short stories - who one day might grow up, but until then, Alaska Frank will continue making things up and write them down.

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