I am writing this in the morning of my second day on the Everyman sleep schedule. “Everyman” is a type of polyphasic sleep which involves sleeping for about 4.5 hour per day: 3.5 hours of ‘core’ sleep (I’m doing it from 10:30PM to 2AM) and three 20 minute naps at scheduled times throughout the day.
This idea came from my current roommate at Valhalla and we are doing it together, helping each other to stick to the schedule and stay motivated. Chloe is also blogging about her experience, and I suggest you check out her blog NoMoC.O. for a different perspective. I expect this little experiment to go on until July 20th, which is the day when I will finish my short stay in Montreal and move on to a new chapter in my life.
Because I know that Steve Pavlina did a similar experiment in 2005 and blogged about it extensively, my goal is not to document every day with as much detail as possible. For those who are interested, though, I expect to publish a few posts detailing my experience, especially if I come across important lessons worth mentioning.
I am doing this experiment for several reasons. First of all, I simply want to know whether I can actually do it and how it will feel to adjust to the new schedule. I also want to try to use this as intense lucid dreaming training, since the schedule means waking up after 3-4 dreams each day and the fact that on naps one goes directly into REM sleep allows for wake-induced lucid dreams. I’m also curious as to whether this schedule would work well in a college environment, since doing it would mean having a lot more free time.
So, how was the first day, you ask? I was tired. Very tired.
The three and a half hours of sleep were not enough for me to wake up feeling fully functional, but I still did the five tibetan rites upon waking up and did some sprints outside after that. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fall asleep during at least the first two 20-minute naps of the day – the third one is more of a blur, so I might have slept a bit – despite having set the alarm for 30 minutes, giving us a bit more time to fall asleep.
In general, I felt grogginess and decreased cognitive ability, but I was still able to go about my day without major problems. Besides that, I felt the occasional light headache that I have come to associate with mild sleep deprivation.
Right now I am eagerly awaiting my 5:30AM nap, since I am even more tired than yesterday, but will use the remaining 1h30min to catch up on some work.
P.S.: If you have any specific questions about the experiment you want me to address in a future post, simply send them to me using the contact form.