Biphasic Sleep For Musicians Day 4

I've really started to notice a difference between days 3-4 in my self discipline. I just seem to power through things that I used to shy away from.

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Getting up used to be a huge struggle for me. Now I just do it, because I know I have to, and that I can't afford to just lay in bed, wishing for more sleep.

This really is living, I tell you what.

I can't afford to sit around and wish and surmise what I might have, there is only 1 choice - push through.

If you've ever wanted to build discipline, this might be an interesting way to help. Of course, if you just gave it up after a few days, then you probably wouldn't build any real discipline at all. But if one was to successfully get through a full 2 weeks, I can't imagine their discipline not building.

I slept for a full 4.5 hours last night. I don't seem to have much trouble getting to sleep when it comes to night-time.

  • 6:45-7:30am - I sprung out of bed very quickly this morning, but I was still very tired and very much wanted to sleep. I seem to consistently get out of bed quickly now though, so that's a bonus of the whole experiment.
  • 8am - Psychomotor vigilance test results: 305 milliseconds. It's amazing that I had pretty much an identical score to yesterday! 
  • 8:20am - I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and I've noticed that it's gotten a bit worse since I've been doing this experiment. It's an unfortunate side effect, but I figure that once I get to the point where I'm not tired anymore, it will calm down. I should mention that I haven't been eating great lately, so it could be unrelated to the sleep experiment.

I've also noticed that I'm getting an ulcer in my throat. It's not as bad as it sounds, and I quite consistently get them when I don't have enough sleep, so I'm not surprised at all. I just need to gargle salt water to get it to go away within a few days.

It's also likely that it was caused by all the orange juice I'm drinking. I got a shipment of 96 cans of pure Dole OJ yesterday, and I drank 4 or 5 cans, so that would probably contribute.

  • 9:30am - I've woken up a fair amount, and I am considerably less tired than the first 2 hours of my day. I feel somewhat functional.
  • 10:10am - Back to being somewhat tired again.
  • 10:50am - After eating, I became very drowsy.
  • 1:30pm - I took a shower a bit ago, and I feel more awake now. It's possible that because I spent the morning alone, it was more tiring. I'm thinking this because now that I have a bunch of people around me this afternoon, I'm feeling more energetic. But that could just be nothing.
  • 8:40pm - I got caught up with a bunch of family stuff, and doing archery, so I wasn't able to nap until now. It's going to be my latest nap to date, but I think it will work out well anyways.

My general drowsiness is far less unpleasant than it was before. Before it was just really awful, but now it's gotten to a point where I just notice it, rather than it taking me over so much.

It feels more like when you want to take a nap in the afternoon after eating lunch.

  • 11:15pm - I woke from my 1.5 hour nap at 10:30, and immediately was ready to go. As usual, I would have liked to have slept, but I quite naturally am able to push against that resistance.

I am still a bit tired, but I also feel like I napped, so that's a bonus. 

I bet within a week or two, I'll probably be 100%, although I shouldn't get ahead of myself too much here.

  • 12:45am - I haven't felt too tired, although I'm a bit groggy and definitely not 100%. My confidence goes up as this gets easier and easier each day.

I'm really hoping that tomorrow will be an even easier day for this.

Day 4 has easily been the most pleasant day of the whole experiment, bar the first two hours of my day when I was very tired.

Overall, I'm happy to have the extra time in my day, but I seem to be generally wasting that time. Because I'm fairly tired at the moment, I didn't expect to be more productive anyways, although I'm able to relax more.

Where I used to feel anxious all the time about not getting enough done, now I feel much more relaxed, knowing that I have so many hours in a day.

Waking up late was a previous contributor to that anxiety; knowing that most of my day was gone by the time I woke up. I'm really experiencing a good benefit from waking up early.

I also feel more able to deal with painful things in life. I cut myself with a knife today accidentally while I was making food, and started bleeding. Normally, this would really upset me, kind of out of this entitled "I shouldn't have to get cut" kind of attitude.

Instead of being upset or angry that this "happened to me" (such a childish attitude), I just said to myself "oh well, I can deal with that" and moved on. 

Is it annoying? Sure. But that's about the extent of it.

Little things like that seem to happen now, and I'm more able to deal with them without much fuss, which makes them easier to deal with.

Dealing With Criticism Of Biphasic Sleep

I've touched on this before, and I want to make some mentions about how other people feel about this.

It seems that everywhere I go, if someone finds out that I'm doing this sleep schedule, they have some negative criticism about it.

Now let's keep in mind that none of these people I'm talking to has ever tried doing what I'm doing. In fact, none of them have even looked at any serious studies on this sleep schedule (I'm not even sure if there even are any pertaining to this modified Biphasic sleep schedule).

But they all seem to be "experts" about what will work, or what won't.

Now I haven't thought too much of it, until I did some reflection and realized that someone else trying this might really struggle with that.

For me, I'm used to having idea's misunderstood, or taken ignorantly. Unfortunately, that is simply the cost of having different or original idea's. Because they aren't familiar to people, it makes people feel awkward, which makes them defensive and rejecting.

This is something that I'm used to my whole life, as I've always been a fairly creative person. I just see the criticism, and accept that it doesn't mean much (seeing as though it's not coming from experience).

I'm a big fan of seriously considering the wise advice of others, but I simply won't change my life just to accomodate someone else's ignorance or insecurities about something they don't even understand.

For someone who isn't used to this type of criticism, or doesn't always have the confidence to do their own thing, it could become an issue.

If you were to attempt a sleep schedule such as this, then keep in mind that if you tell anyone about it, they will probably criticize it and try to discourage you from making the change.

Here are some remarks I've gotten:

  • "It's not normal"
  • "Here's what I know about your body: it needs 8 hours of sleep every night"
  • "That can't be sustainable"
  • "There's no research to support that this type of schedule can help you"
  • "Is it really worth the extra hours in your day if you're tired all the time?" - to which my reply is "If my body adjusts, then I won't be tired all the time. I will feel normal, as if I am getting a full nights rest on a mono-phasic sleep schedule (8 hours a night).
  • "Why are you doing this?"

Be prepared for the line of fire, and don't let it discourage you. Choosing to push through is the only option at this point (day 4), and I'm quite content with that.

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