Notes on Dymaxion Sleep: Days 1 & 2

August 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Polyphasic Sleep | 3 Comments

Let me just start of by informing you that this schedule is INSANE. You do not know what it means to be tired until you’re so exhausted that while sitting down you can fall asleep within 30 seconds of closing your eyes if you happen to get too comfortable.

Anyway, I’m starting Day 3 right now and so far I’m doing ok. There have been at least a dozen times in the past two days where I just wanted to say, “Screw it all,” and give this thing up. But I gave myself a minimum of two months and I’m sticking with that. I screwed up on the first night/second morning and overslept. I’m sort of disappointed but I also know that it’s pretty inevitable when you undertake something like this. Unless I have someone standing by at all times to forcibly get me out of bed, I can expect to occasionally oversleep. The odd thing about it was that I didn’t feel at all more rested upon waking up.

It’s definitely much harder to stick to this schedule at night. Humans are diurnal, the sky gets dark and it flicks a switch in our brains telling  us it’s bedtime. Only sleeping for 20-30 minutes at 4 a.m., having slept for just an hour and  a half up until that point is not something that’s easy to get your body on board for.

But there was something else that contributed to me screwing up that first night. I hadn’t really been eating the way  I should for this schedule. In drastically altering my sleep schedule, my eating schedule should be changing too. The first day I was eating like I would at any other time- two meals a day plus a couple of snacks. What I’ve started doing since then is eating every time I wake up from a nap. I bought some granola bars and one of those pre-cooked chickens you can get at the grocery store, so that as soon as I get up I can get some calories into me to up my energy. Hopefully this will also help to keep my metabolism somewhat in check, since I know of at least one person who’s had a problem with that when switching over to polyphasic.

Day 1 was also pretty bad as far as mental alertness and just overall drowsiness. At the store I tended to get distracted by shiny objects, come close to bumping into people, and randomly pick up pirate piñatas to carry around the store with me (although this is something I might do anyway). I also had a lot of trouble carrying on a conversation and remembering things. All of this had improved by day 2, and I’m hoping that today I’ll feel even better. Oh, there was also one small hallucination on the first day. No biggie.

I sometimes find myself resetting my alarm in my sleep because sometimes it’s just too hard to wake up. I’m considering shortening one of my naps to 20 minutes and adding a 5th nap in sometime at night before my 10pm nap. This is when I start to feel myself going downhill, and having an extra 20 minutes at 9  or 9.30 could be helpful.

The things that I’ve found that help me so far: music, showering, eating regularly, and videos. When I’ve had my laptop handy upon waking up, I’ve put something on from Hulu to hold my attention enough for 25 minutes to actually get me up. This has been pretty effective so far.

From what I’ve read and watched on video logs, switching to polyphasic should be a little easier starting today or tomorrow. I really hope this is accurate, because if it keeps on like this I don’t know how I’ll make it the next two months. Wish me luck?

The Short and the Short of It

August 3, 2010 at 10:54 am | Posted in Life | 1 Comment
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Back from a ridunkulous hiatus. Finally. Lots of new and exciting disasters in my life, along with the same old same old of my usual disasters.

Probably more on that later. At the moment I want to talk a bit about an experiment that I’m about to do on myself. I’ve sort of already started, but I’m considering today a “prep day”, so not really.

Starting tomorrow I’m going to be on a polyphasic sleep cycle, meaning I’ll get my rest in short bursts throughout the day rather than in one big chunk at night. There are a few different polyphasic cycles, the most famous being the Everyman and the Uberman. I’ll be doing the Dymaxion, both because it seems more practical for day-to-day life and because it sounds cool.

My basic schedule starting today is going to consist of naps at 4 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 10 p.m. Each nap will be 30 minutes long. My goal is to stay on this schedule for a minimum of 2 months. From the blogs and videos I’ve seen posted by people on polyphasic cycles, the first month is pretty difficult, but by the second month you get to reap the benefits of the strict schedule.

I call today a prep day because while I wanted to take a day to help my body adjust to less sleep, I also wanted to make my schedule more flexible on the first day. I slept 2 1/2 hours to wake up at 4 am, then had a 30 minute nap at 8. My next nap came at 3 p.m and my final nap was supposed to be at 9 p.m. but I ended up taking it at 9.30 or 9.45. The nap at 3 was awesome, I fell asleep relatively quickly, dreamed a bit, and woke up feeling a bit less groggy. I was still pretty out of it, and part of my brain seemed to still be dreaming, but I was somewhat refreshed. The nap at 9 might as well have not happened. From my apartment you can hear the fireworks show they have every night at Sea World. I had barely started to drift off when they started them. Try as I might to sleep through it, it was a no-go that time. I’ve felt pretty crappy ever since.

For the past few hours I’ve been obsessively watching the clock. I do my best to keep myself occupied, but being this fatigued makes it hard for me to care much at all about any activity I’m capable of doing right now. I’m afraid a book or movie would just put me right to sleep.

I only have about 20 minutes left to wait until my next nap and I’m insanely relieved. Funny how you begin to fixate on that which you deprive yourself of.

Despite feeling tired, I’m also feeling surprisingly alert right now. I might not be at my best mentally, but no worse off than I would be after staying up too late on a normal schedule. I’ll update sometime in the next 24 hours to elaborate on my motivation, but obviously a big one is time. When you’re only taking four 30-minute naps per day, that’s an additional 6 waking hours you wouldn’t have under the monophasic schedule. Time already seems to be going by so slowly! Once my body adjusts, I’m excited to see how much I can get done in a day. I’m most enthused about crafts, but it might be nice to be slightly productive every once in a while too.

In addition to posting about the experience here, I’ll be making video logs (the word “vlog” is strictly prohibited here) over on the YouTubesss. I might occasionally post the videos here, if there are any extra strange happenings to report (I hear that blacking out during the second week is common), but otherwise you can check out my channel here.

That’s all for now, look out for sleepytime updates and pics of the vintage stuff I’ve been collecting for resale. I’ll probably be updating this thing way too much now. You’re welcome.

Dragons, Monsters, and Better Monsters

May 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Life, silliness | 2 Comments
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Ok, two things:

1) I have a new bearded dragon who is adorable.
2) Monster hoodies need to look like monsters.

Got it? ok.

So Just last week, I adopted a teeny tiny bearded dragon who I named Trogdor (because he’s a little burninator).

Trogdor doubles as a fashionable brooch!

He’s about a month and a half old, and he’s completely hilarious. This is the first lizard I’ve owned, and I guess I didn’t expect him to have so much personality. I got him a HUGE tank (well, huge for an itty bitty little pocket-sized dragon), which he loves, and a more appropriately sized feeding tank, which I thought I would put his crickets in and then set him loose on them. He was not having it at all. He absolutely hates the little tank. As soon as I put him in there he runs at one of the walls, and starts trying desperately to climb up the wall. The hilarity of this is that, not having suction cup feet, he pretty much just ends up flailing his teeny little arms wildly against the glass to no avail. It looks a lot like he’s trying to swim. He periodically pauses his efforts to cock his head to one side and glare at me. Needless to say, I’ve had to come up with another way of feeding him the crickets.

He also loves the head pets. One of the reasons I chose him rather than either of his two brothers is how well he does with being handled. As feisty as he can be, he really likes being held, and he makes the sleepy faces when you pet his head.

Baby Frogface

And by ‘pet’ I actually mean ‘lightly stroke with the tip of one finger because he’s bite-size’.

Ok, enough about the baby, onto the monsters.

Now, I love”monster” anything. The monster mash, monster cookies, cookie monster, monster truck rallies… So when I got the new BustedTees newsletter, announcing the arrival of a new line they call MonsterHoodies, I clicked on that email with such enthusiasm as you would not believe. To my complete and utter disappointment, MonsterHoodies completely suck. It’s just a regular old hoodie with droopy teeth and stupid eyes on top. Not even googly eyes, people! I’ve seen this concept executed well, so there’s really no excuse for this lack of monstrosity:

Pathetic.

I’m disgusted at this complete disrespect and misrepresentation of monsters, so I did what anyone else would do: I opened up MS Paint, mustered up all of my outrage, and drew my own version of what a monster hoodie should be. None of this kindergarten craft lesson BS.

Skills of an artist.

Yes I’m naked under the monster hoodie. What of it?

A Cat On the Rocks With a Twist

May 11, 2010 at 12:23 am | Posted in Life | 1 Comment
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Spent an afternoon at the bay for some lunch and sunshine, and found out that the rocks here are, I kid you not, infested with cats.

Awesome.

We saw about a dozen that afternoon, and I’m sure that there are plenty more. I guess some stray had kittens there at some point and they’ve just stuck around. Seems like a pretty sweet hang out to me, and they all looked pretty content.

For some reason I was not allowed to take this one home.

I’m really tempted to take the Baby Cosmo on a field trip to see them, but something tells me the bay cats are not too interested in making friends with my behemoth of a cat-monkey-turkey-puppy hybrid. He has a bad habit of pouncing and biting new victims friends, and I don’t think they take kindly to that kind of behavior in those parts.

One of the cats was sitting by some fishermen, hanging around and waiting for scraps of food to be tossed his way. Forget Cosmo, these guys live better than I do. Waterfront property, lounging in the sun, free food, being adorable at all times. I’m totally requesting rock cat for my next life. You do get to make requests for that stuff, right?

I made this fisherman very uncomfortable.

Wandering in the General Direction of Something or Other

May 3, 2010 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I’ve been meaning to start this thing for about a month and keep putting it off. Procrastination is a disease that kills you slowly, but I’m searching for a cure – or at least I intend to start. Tomorrow. After a nap or something.

At any rate, I’m starting this in an effort to try to keep things semi-organized. As much for myself as for other people. I’m working on getting back into the jewelry-and-randomness making game. I’m also about to try my hand at a few other things, most of which I’m sure I’ll be embarrassingly bad at. Some of which will be on camera. Stay tuned- hilarity is sure to ensue.

My current projects are centered around polymer clay (as usual) and some drawing. I’ll have some stuffs for sale online sometime in the next couple weeks. The line I’m most excited about is a continuation of the anatomical hearts I made about a dozen of way back when. I’m expanding on the original idea by trying to include a bit more fantasy intermixed with the stark anatomy. I think it could make for some really awesome one-of-a-kinds and I’m hoping to get a few commissions for custom work (always my favorite). I’m also working on a line I’m calling One Fish Two Fish, it’s going to be a bit more abstract and minimalistic than the hearts, but it’s developing a zen feel that I’m really excited about.

The drawings I have no idea what I’m going to do with. It’s not exactly fine art, but it’s not exactly crap either. Someone told me I should illustrate children’s books but that sounds

Besides that I’m going to spend the next little while getting this blog together and generally exploiting the “social media platforms”. I guess this means I’m getting a book of face? Forgive me Jesus, I held out as long as I could.

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