Polyphasic Sleep - Day 12

I hate my brain. I have been looking over my notes, and the 9am nap and the waking period following it have been giving me trouble for a while now. This cycle has shown the most trouble waking up from naps, the most incidents of unintended sleep, and the most severe fatigue and sleepiness.

In particular:

  • On day 5, my sister had to wake me from my 9am nap, because my mp3 alarm failed to. Also, my notes say “EXTREMELY TIRED” on this cycle.
  • On day 7, I fell asleep during 9am-1pm.
  • On day 8, I fell asleep during the 5am-9am cycle (not exactly the morning cycle, but close).
  • On day 9, I was so sleepy during 9am-1pm, I had trouble staying awake while walking outside in the cold.
  • On day 10, my notes say I was quite tired, and there are some sloppily added notes in a different color ink that I have trouble deciphering. One lone word seems to be “move!”, as if I was trying to convince myself to move to avoid falling asleep.
  • On day 11, I woke up to the harsher parts of my mp3 alarm, and later in the cycle I fell asleep in my comfy chair.

I don’t know why this cycle is so tough for me, but I can’t afford more screw-ups there. So for today, I had made some extra preparations for my 9am nap and its waking period:

  • I wrote some simple todo’s (”go shower”, “do the groceries”, etc) in all-caps on a sheet of paper, and taped that sheet of paper somewhere I couldn’t get around it.
  • I set my laptop as an extra alarm, in case I’d have trouble getting up.
  • Before I went to bed for my 9am nap, I opened the windows of my living room, so the air there would be cold and oxygen-rich when I’d wake up.
  • To avoid me sitting down in my comfy chair and falling asleep there, I put a pile of stuff in the chair that I could not remove quickly.

I was ready for whatever my brain could throw my way during that nap/cycle. And so I woke up without trouble, feeling relatively normal. I had no trouble with extreme fatigue or sleepiness during the 9am-1pm cycle at all this time. I hate my brain :P

    • Lise
    • January 1st, 2010

    Haha, als je een plu bij je hebt, gaat het niet regenen! Zo werkt het!

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your blog on my site.

    Happy napping!


    • Lise
    • January 6th, 2010

    Ahum. En nu? Ben je nu permanent in slaap gevallen?

    • Lise
    • June 9th, 2010

    En nu? Je laat de vorige poster tamelijk in de steek ;)

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