Just had an interesting conversation with a person about how I, technically, have been alive for an equivalent of 4 months if you compare my waking moments to that of a typical 8 hour sleeping individual for 3 months.
Of recent I have been playing around with my schedule to get more flexibility. It is currently by no means restrictive at all, but I wanted to move my 1.5 core to 7pm instead of having it at 2 am. Found some interesting quirks due to this change; namely that I am actually having a HARDER TIME falling asleep for 20 minutes at the changed 2am.
It’s almost as if that I get my BEST most OPTIMUM rest around 7pm. Whether it be 20 minutes, or 1.5 hours if I go to sleep around 7pm I will gain recuperation at a factor much higher than my other rest periods. I don’t know if you follow, or if I said that properly, but essentially having my 1.5 at 7pm instead of 2am has actually resulted in me being more rested… thus far. It’s quite hard to say as I haven’t been doing this time change long enough. Either way I’m on the verge of deciding to keep all of my times the same but pushing my 2 am to 3 am…
On another note I was discussing with someone what exactly is it that we polyphasers are putting our bodies through and I came up with some interesting points. Frankly I don’t care if it’s possibly detrimental, I really don’t. I see it like smoking cigarettes of which I don’t do, but there is a temporary “high” you get when you are smoking a cigarette. And cumulatively those temporary highs make up for the possibility of getting cancer or a shorter lifespan, at least in the mind of a smoker it does. This is the statement I told my friend, which he didn’t really agree with, but that is truly the case for most people. They know the possible risks and choose to take them for that high. In the case of polyphasic sleeping I see it the same way. Although there is no proof that this sort of schedule is detrimental the benefits I have already gotten from it are worth the possibilities of those detriments. My friend brought up a great point saying that a smoker is addicted and under the guise of addiction one can’t compare the two because one act is forced while another is succumbed to. To that I told him flat out that anyone that has the stones to put up with this sleep schedule and persevere for weeks being DEAD tired and force yourself out of bed when everything inside of you is SCREAMING to stop is also a person that could stop smoking cigarettes. Period. Anyone with the dedication and willpower to do this can also stop an addiction, maybe with some help but with willpower it can be done.
With all of the increased interest in sleep studies and the like I feel like I’ll be eating my words here soon, but WHATEVER! I think this whole deal of polyphasic sleeping goes one way or another.
It’s either that;
1) Polyphasic sleep is a process of teaching your body to function and become used to being CONSTANTLY exhausted without noticing it. I mean, how can I really say right now that I’m rested after my 7pm when all it could be is that I’m used to being insanely tired all the time because I have been doing this for 3 months?! This is a bad example but imagine you wore a bracelet that pinched into your wrist causing constant discomfort. As long as it’s not causing a break in the skin or some sort of infection that is ever changing, don’t you think you’d get USED to the pain after 3 months… to the point you really don’t even notice it anymore? Maybe that’s all polyphasic sleep is… a method to get your body used to being insanely tired.
2) Polyphasic sleep singles out only the most necessary aspects of what is gained during sleep and capitalizes on it ever 4 hours (or whatever the interim time period is). No one knows what all the phases of sleep are for, but we know that if we deprive ourselves our bodies, for the sake of survival, will be forced to do what it needs during the time periods it is given.
I rock, You rock, I’m eating rocky road ice cream. I wake up before my alarm now thinking I’ve overslept or something and I haven’t. Pretty awesome!! A.D.D. just kicked in… BYE