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Whoa, I am so freakin' proud of myself right now.

Basically, I came home from a long bus ride (4 hours!) and immediately fell asleep. I decided to just not even set my alarm so that I could wake up whenever, since I was ridiculously tired. I went to bed at around maybe 12:45, no later than 1. 

And I freaking woke up at like 5:20. All on my own! That's crazy close to my 4.5 hour core that I've been aiming for. Also interesting, Friday night I slept the entire night through, so I thought that might affect today. Nope! Man, I am just so impressed with myself. You know, now that I think about it, I've always had the odd ability to wake up at the time I need to, without an alarm. Back when I used to sleep monophasically, I used to get up about a minute before the alarm would go off. True story, I did this almost consistently. Even while sleeping poly, on the occasional times I overslept, during school days I always woke up around the time I needed to be up, whether that be 7:15 or 8:25. 

The problem is, if I ever try to do this on purpose, it usually fails. So I tend to just let my brain do whatever it wants and try not to think about it too much. Actually, I do this about everything, constantly. My brain is a magical, magical place, and Sampson tends to have free reign. 

More on today (.....yesterday?? What are days?) 

The aforementioned 4-hour bus ride (EACH WAY D:) was for a very important audition for Honor's Choir, which is basically a big deal. Only high school seniors can audition, and it's very selective. I think I did alright, I know I did a perfect sight singing but that's usually the case. 

So yeah, there was that. I think I did alright. I suppose we'll find out on Monday or whatever. 


Putting off homework until 5 am that morning (without any guilt!): awesome

Juggling 5 AP classes no problem: awesome

Actually eating breakfast: awesome

That feeling of being the first one awake in the house: awesome

Being wide awake and ready for school: awesome

Able to be both night owl and morning person: awesome

Annoying everyone with new cheery morning personality: awesome

Polyphasic sleep: awesome.
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I've discovered why I can't seem to ever commit to Livejournal. I really don't have any vested interest in it. I guess I could write a journal entry every day about my varying sleep schedule, if I really wanted to. But after about a week it just becomes more of the same thing. Hence the putting it off I have been doing.

Since I can't not write about my sleep, here goes. After however long of SPAMAYL or whatever it was I was doing with no clear cut goal, I discovered after a few disappointing oversleeps that I was actually oversleeping for the same amount of time, that being 4.5 hours. 

My brain went "holy shit that is awesome", basically. The other problem was that I'd had so much trouble with actually falling asleep during certain timed naps, mostly in the afternoon.

The result of all this? Instead of trying to force my body to do what I wanted it to, I instead compromised on what it told me it wanted to do. I'm now on Everyman 4.5 with two naps, and my god if it isn't the easiest thing I have ever done in my life. The long core nap satisfies the inner me that loves sleeping in. Then I stay awake as long as I can, which is usually around 7-8 hours (perfect for upcoming high school as well :D) and then can take one 20 minute nap and be awake for 7 more hours. I've also discovered that it's easier for me to not have a set core nap time, I just allocated a hunk of maybe 10 hours in the night that the core could fall somewhere into, whenever I feel too sleepy to function. This has been working so incredibly well it's surprised me. In fact earlier today (around 7 or 8) I lay down for a 20 minute nap but somehow my phone battery died and I woke up almost exactly 4.5 hours later. Seriously. All on my own. After my initial 'ohgod I overslept I suck' I noticed the time and just said "screw it, that was my core nap and I feel awesome" and here I am.

So, hooray! Success at last. I guess I'm a little disappointed that I didn't limit my sleep as much as I wanted to, which I could have done with the 90 minute core I had originally planned. I'm still sleeping a decent part of the night. However, I also wake up before 6-7 am every day without feeling tired. Seeing as this was my true intention all along (I honestly wasn''t getting too much done during the day anyway, just derped around on the internet, no amount of extra time can change that :P) I will consider the experiment a success until proven otherwise.

Another benefit to E4.5 is that my parents recently 'banned' me from doing polyphasic sleep. To which I basically replied with a hearty 'lol'. They've never been able to control my sleep before, with 'bedtimes' and such, so why should this be any different? Regardless, the only thing they'll see now is me being up suspiciously early. Since school is starting soon this isn't a problem. Weekends, I dunno, maybe I'll disguise it by waking up at 7 and chilling on my laptop until noon, then make a show of blearily going downstairs for 'breakfast'. I like this plan.

I have returned!

 Yep, I'm back. Tennessee was fun, hooray hooray. I honestly don't feel like posting at all right now because bluh long car trips bluh, but I'll keep it short. Due to aforementioned surgery, my sleep schedule changed quite a bit. Also, there was no internet access. No internet = nothing to do at 3 am = sleep. I am awesome at math.

So over the last few days I've settled into one of the everyman schedules with a 4.5 hour core and 2-3 short naps or basically whenever I get tired. I realized how badly I needed this after the first night sleeping that long as my jaw just felt so much better. Core sleep helps the body heal, where REM is for the mind. Sometimes you do need both, like when, oh I dunno, recovering from surgery, maybe.

But regardless. Was the experiment a failure, then? Hell no! I ain't giving up that easily. Just because I had a shitty first week doesn't mean polyphasic sleep can't work at all. I plan on giving myself a few more days to recover, then, once I am completely sure that my physical status is back to 'awesome', I can go back to a more extreme schedule. I might not drop the core completely, but it won't be 4 hours, probably more like 90 mins. Who knows, when I feel better I'll work it out. 
You'll be hearing more from me. I guess. 


 I don't even really want to talk about today. Last thing I remember, I was on my computer at 5 am. Then I woke up at 6:30 pm with a fever and felt gross. 

Should I count this as "oversleeping"? I don't know. Probably not. I'm almost positive this is directly related to my recovery from the surgery. I'm not really all that upset at myself. Sticking with polyphasic may have been too much for me to handle right now, but it certainly doesn't mean I can't do it when I'm feeling better. I plan to continue to nap during the day, but won't restrict myself from sleeping at night if I need it. Pretty sure I'll need all the sleep I can get.

To reiterate, I am not giving up. I am way too stubborn for that. Just taking a break due to extreme circumstances.
 Decided to take a core nap last night, which proved very beneficial to me. The original plan was to sleep from 7 to 9:30. And, while I'm sure I woke up and did things, the next time I looked at the clock it was 2 pm. So, yeah. I don't know if this was the pain drugs I've been taking or if I legitimately overslept from tiredness. I'm really not all that worried, though. I took some more naps throughout the day, only one of which was what I could call "successful" in any sense. 

Short post is short! I mostly lazed around today, barely ate anything, and watched Tangled with my brother. Pretty cool movie, even though between the two of us we had the entire movie figured out within 5 minutes. 

I'm still sticking with polyphasic, as crazy as it may sound. Also, I'm going on vacation to Tennessee on Thursday, and internet accessibility will be iffy. I'll keep track of what happens to me, though.

Successful nap at last!

 After watching a truly boring movie for two hours, and taking an ibuprofen, I decided to try the nap again. This nap was a huge success! It felt to me as if it had lasted far too long, in fact when I woke up I panicked and thought I had overslept. Not to worry, it had been 26 minutes and I after a few minutes of disorientation I felt quite refreshed. As far as REM goes.... I'm not positive if I had a dream or not. It felt to me as if I did, but it wasn't vivid enough for me to have remembered it. I'm not worried, it's normal for me to forget my dreams.
I am feeling so much better now. The nap and medication helped a great deal, though my cheeks are still reminiscent of chipmunks and my gums haven't quite stopped bleeding yet. All I've had today is a large smoothie that took me the entire day to drink. In fact, there's still some left. At first I tried to take a sip and it was a failure of epic proportions, but the numbness has since gone down.
I just can't get over how great I feel. It might be the drugs, in fact that is the most likely culprit, but I wonder how well these naps help for recuperation. Anyway, I've been thinking all day about whether I  should try a core nap tonight to try and recover. I certainly can't be very active like this, mostly I'm confined to my bed, and boredom does not mix well with polyphasic sleeping at all. I don't want to spend my time from 5-7 am being a zombie while lying in bed, that will almost definitely lead to oversleeping. I'll make the decision when I get there, I guess. 
In other news, my brother has become interested in what I'm doing, and after some discussion he has decided to start his own biphasic sleep schedule, with a short nap during the day. This suits him much better than the more extreme schedules, and I'm just glad I have a 5 am buddy to talk to!
That's all for now, I suppose. I'll go do more boring ass things in my bed. How can I keep my mind stimulated to not fall asleep, but not overstimulate and tire it out even more? Only time will tell. So far reading Sandman has been very helpful, the pictures plus words combo of a comic book somehow force my mind to stay awake to comprehend it, where lots of words on a page can make my eyes drift through them. Or something. Yeah. Later, all.

Recovery, ick

Got back from the surgery around two hours ago, and my god does this suck. I am in so much pain, but I hate taking pain medication, so every time I do I feel bad about it. There's also a dull throbbing in my head that won't go away.

I attempted to take two naps so far, both were highly unsuccessful. I think the pain is hindering my ability to fall asleep. This leaves me pretty cranky and tired but no real way to solve it unless I give in and sleep for a few hours, which I don't want to do.

The surgery itself was very nice, I had a great doctor and didn't feel a thing. The laughing gas disappointed me, maybe I didn't breathe enough of it in because I still felt the IV going in, but that amount of pain is negligible. 

I don't know how much more I can really type right now due to my mood but I will probably make another post later on. Man, I am so hungry. There is a delicious smoothie right next to my bed but I really don't think I can drink or eat much of anything right now, due to nausea and my mouth feeling like crap.
Complain, complain. Sorry, though I was always under the assumption that it's what LJ is for.
Later, all.

Polyphasic Sleep experiment

Hello, hypothetical new readers this post may create! So exciting!

I recently came across an interesting new way of sleeping. Rather than one long 8 hour chunk, it breaks up your sleep into a series of short naps throughout the day. I was immediately  intrigued and, after doing a bit of research, became determined to fit this into my life. I am plagued with mild to occasionally severe insomnia, and falling asleep has always been fairly difficult for me. In fact, I grew up thinking this was normal. Doesn't everyone take 2 or 3 hours each night just to fall asleep? Well, no, as it turns out.

So anyway. This isn't a true log of my activities, I officially started last Thursday and it is now Sunday night. (Monday morning? Days are so confusing to me lately.) I suppose that puts me officially on day 5 as of now. I initially chose an Everyman schedule, which includes a 90 minute "core" nap along with 4 or 5 20 minute naps. I specifically created the times so that it would not affect my school life, and I set aside one optional nap that I will probably be able to take during my lunch. I have since deviated slightly from the schedule, taking extra naps when I feel I need them, and I dropped the core as it was interfering way too much with my naps and I got far too dependent on it. On I believe day two I had a minor oversleeping issue. Not to worry, I am back on track as of now and ready to get this shit done. My current schedule is based largely on the SPAMAYL concept, or Sleep Polyphasically As Much As You Like. Essentially, you nap when you're tired, but there is a limit on consecutive naps. I hear it is apparently much easier to adapt to than Uberman or even Everyman.
My main problems thus far are falling asleep during naps, not surprising considering this has always been difficult for me. Even completely sleep deprived during the third day (my worst day thus far), I still found certain times where I lay on my bed for 25 minutes straight before my alarm went off. Hopefully this problem will go away soon. It was actually a major factor in why I chose to attempt this experiment, I hope to train my body to go to bed when I tell it to or else, bitch.
As far as REM goes, I have thus far had two dreams (that I know of, anyway) during my 20 minute naps. Both seemed much longer than 20 minutes, which I am pretty excited about. I had heard of people getting this, but actually experiencing the rush of waking up from a pleasant two hour dream to realize 22 minutes had gone by is just so hard to imagine. Today I had more difficulties falling asleep. My body just does not know when to quit this stupidity, I guess. 
Perhaps some bio would be interesting. I am a 17 year old girl, very nearly 18. I am also already a vegetarian which I hear goes well with polyphasic sleeping. Coming up is my final year of high school, and I am actually looking forward to it (wut) because I have finally gotten to choose which classes I take, and they are all awesome. Man, I bet the freedom of college is just great. Anyway, I tend do lots of weird things to challenge myself, like when I switched my keyboard layout from qwerty to dvorak (and can now type easily in both). I do these things because I enjoy change, and I like trying to improve myself in different ways. Experimenting with myself always has risks, of course, but I'm almost always willing to try anything that may prove beneficial. Plus I get the added bonus of just being different from other people, which gives a sort of self pride that few other things do. Maybe that's an egotistical feeling, I don't know.
Man, I have been getting so much done lately. I cleaned my room (trust me, this is a rare occurance), completely devoured a few novels (I started on the Sandman graphic novels which I fell in love with immediately, so fitting to begin reading about the king of dreams during my sleep adaptation :D), and started working on a few languages, notably Norwegian, German, and Ruby (okay so the last one's a programming language~).
Also! Important to note, I think. Tomorrow I am having minor surgery done, getting my wisdom teeth taken out. I quite honestly have no idea how this will affect my sleeping patterns, and am willing to just see how it goes. I'll try my hardest to stick to the schedule, but being on so many drugs will probably make it difficult. If I do end up completely resetting, I promised myself I would not give up and will attempt this again as soon as I am well.
Well, that's all for now. Wish me luck! I can only hope this experiment will cure my insomnia once and for all! 



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