Posted by: Edward | June 15, 2006

Polyphasic Sleep Experiment

Originally posted: Sat, Jun. 10th, 2006 05:35

So… I’m starting an experiment with polyphasic sleep. I was inspired by Steve Pavlina’s run with it and it is just too weird for me not to try it. I am interested to see if this helps my dream recall or the frequency of lucid dreams that has been suggested as a side effect. Additionally I am curious about how it will effect my perception of time.

I’ve tried two napping periods so far but I haven’t really slept yet. I’m using a mechanical kitchen timer and the ticking might be a factor. I plan to purchase a digital timer of some kind in the very near future. I had set the timer for a half hour but for the next nap I’m going to try 35 minutes. That should give me some time to fall asleep, so that I get enough sleep in each nap. As I succeed in this I will shorten the nap time slightly. I’m planning to give my self a long period to adjust to the schedule and I don’t intend to be too strict. If I feel really tired I’ll go to sleep up to an hour earlier. This four hour to three hour difference is partly to make it easier to fit the naps around things I might have to do. Such as seeing a movie with friends.

Right now I am fortunate in that I don’t have a job to go to, I only have my schooling which I am doing online or through correspondence. I don’t foresee this sleep experiment having a great effect on my grades as I usually do my assignments in a bout of full blown sleep deprivation anyways.

More as there is more to tell.


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