Posted by: Edward | June 18, 2006

Polyphasic Experiment Update

It has been nine days since I began my polyphasic sleep experiment. Spent several days where the most sleep I got was an hour. I crashed twice, once ten hours and once five. But I’ve discovered a fatal flaw in the plan. I don’t fall asleep in half an hour. I’ve decided on the Plan B version of the experiment.

The soft approach. I’m going to start by introducing naps in the middle of my day. Whenever I feel tired, I’m going to lay down for a while. Give my self permission to fall asleep. I’ve got to learn how to nap before I can try “strict” polyphasic. The second thing I’m going to do is when I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m going to get up for a little while, try to divide my night up a little too.

I’ve already started this and right now I’m in biphasic sleep. Night “core” sleep and a siesta nap. If I can introduce another nap during the day and break up my night sleep I should be most of the way to a polyphasic sleep cycle.



  1. i thought i was just fuckedup, now after reading your article i realise that i have been a polyphasic sleeper all my life. now i can tell everyone i’m not a lazy bastard, just a polyphasic sleeper. most excellent, many thanks

  2. in all seriousness, i’ve found that if you do keep to a polyphasic sleep cycle (can we call it a p.s.c?) that if i do occasionaly have to wake up at a set time my body does not rebel,wheras if i slept a regular cycle anything out of the norm is very hard work. dont feel guilty bruv, enjoy the freedom.

  3. I’m looking forward to the freedom.

    Switching to this schedule is much harder than I had anticipated. Today has been good though, the cat that just moved in with me won’t let me sleep much longer than a nap.

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