Ugh. I’m tired.
Ok, actually I feel pretty good right now, but the above was all I could think about for the past 10 hours or so. The last time I slept more than 20 minutes in a row was Sunday night. On Monday I spent the day normally, and then decided to dive into a polyphasic sleep schedule called SPAMAYL starting Monday night. Since my last normal sleep period on Sunday night / Monday morning (which ended when I woke up 50 hours ago), I’ve had a total of 16 x 20 minutes = 5.3 hours spread over 2 days.
I had my first 20 minute nap at 1am on Monday night / Tuesday morning, and then several more naps as required. The main rule for SPAMAYL is that you must separate each of the 20 minute naps with a gap of at least 40 minutes, otherwise your body will try to continue where the previous sleep cycle left off, instead of training to go straight to the REM part of the cycle.
REM is the essence of the method, really. In a normal night, you go through several 1.5hr sleep cycles, and only a small portion of each sleep cycle is REM sleep (about 20mins per cycle). By fragmenting your sleep into 20 minute pieces, you enter a period of sleep deprivation where your body doesn’t know what’s going on, but then it soon adapts by going immediately to REM as soon as you fall asleep. You spend your entire 20 minute nap in the REM state, dreaming, and then you wake up feeling like you just got a full 1.5hr cycle.
So, according to my notes, I took 9 20 minute naps between late monday night and late tuesday night, and my girlfriend had 10 naps in the same period. During last night up until about noon today, I’ve already had 7 naps (and 9 for my gf), and I found this night much more difficult than both the previous night and the middle of the day. I’m happy, though, that I can get to sleep within minutes of laying down, and I’m already getting REM in most of my naps.
The adjustment period is said to take about a week, most of which might be filled with me feeling like I’m being run over by a bus, but after that it’s supposed to even out. I’m not really being that productive right now due to exhaustion, but if I succeed in adjusting then I’ll have more than enough productive hours to make up for the week of zombie-state.
I’ll post more as things develop.