I ended up oversleeping both on day 2 and 3.
I continued my "go to sleep when tired" schedule, but I realized that I need to change it to something different if I want to do this long-term.
Sleep attempted: 210 minutes/7 cycles
Sleep achieved: 280-300 minutes/5 cycles
It's only the second day, but I already overslept!
I went to sleep at 6:44 am and woke up at 9:30 am so my 30 minute nap turned into a 2.5 hour nap.
I felt exhausted after that nap, so I waited for 25 minutes and took another short nap after.
I was expecting the short nap to help, but I actually ended up feeling worse and not better after it.
Something interesting also happened between 3:30-4:15 pm.
I had an intense moment of clarity and brain power. I was working on math, and it seemed easy for the first time in nearly 6 months!
I only had 5 hours of sleep up to that point, but I felt quite good.
My right hamstring was tight, so I decided not to do any exercise, but mentally I felt better than when sleeping monophasically (at least for those 45 minutes.)
If there is less exhaustion and more clarity moments post-polysleep adaptation, then polyphasic sleep is even better than I thought it would be!
Sleep attempted: 120 minutes/4 cycles
Sleep achieved: 300 minutes/4 cycles
As you can see I overslept again...
I went to sleep at 5:06 and woke up a 8:50 to 5 turned off alarms and with my sleeping mask next to me.
Apparently I had my first zombie mode during this experiment!
I managed to take of my night mask, turn off all of the alarms, and go back to sleep all without remembering what I did.
That's kind of scary, but also quite cool!
I also had an extremely vivid dream during one of my naps. (This means I was getting REM sleep in my nap already as that's when you dream.)
I was in my dorm room trying to accomplish some endless list of tasks in 1-2 hours before I had to sleep. I walked to one side of the room, started walking back and collapsed on the mini-fridge because of exhaustion.
I laid my head on the fridge sideways and could feel the immense pressure of sleep on top of me. I couldn't move. I couldn't do anything physical, but I could think, so I thought to myself "I can't go to sleep now! I have so much to do and if I sleep now without any alarms I'll wake up in like 12 hours!"
Once I said that, I snapped awake in my dream and also in real life. It was a weird merging of the two and I'm excited to experience this again.
- Video games definitely help me with waking up, but they're inconsistent. On day 2 playing Rocket League for 5-10 minutes after waking up boosted my alertness and woke me up, but it didn't work as well during day 3.
- Zombie mode is extremely weird, but also extremely cool. Now I know how sleepwalkers feel!
- Polysleep might help out with lucid dreaming. Awesome!
This is how I slept on day 2:
As you can see I'm not really where I want to be, but I feel more rested than if I slept for 5.5 hours monophasically, so I'm still ahead right now!
As you can see, the morning nap is the toughest one for me as that's when I overslept both times.
After asking questions on reddit, (thank you GeneralNguyen!) and reading up on polyphasic sleep I realized that SPAMAYL isn't the best choice for me.
I plan on lifting heavy weights at least 3 times a week, and since muscle recovery happens during slow wave sleep, I'm going to need more of that.
With SPAMAYL my body will recover very slowly, and there's a high chance of oversleeping if I exercise.
That's why I decided to switch to the Everyman 2 schedule.
Here's what that looks like:
It's quite flexible as I can start my core-sleep any time between 10 pm - 1 am after adapting, and I can move around the naps a bit if I need to.
According to what I've read, it's also quite easy to adapt to, so since I pretty much already sleep-deprived myself and taught my body to get REM sleep during naps, I think the adaptation period for me will be quite short!
Not sure if I actually fell asleep or not. If I did, I got 10 minutes of sleep or less.
Very hard to wake up and super tired after.
I'm not sure if I fell asleep or not.
Overslept by a ton and was super tired after waking up. Needed another nap to function after.
Was hoping this would get rid of my oversleep tiredness, but it didn't work.
Woke up somewhat tired, but was refreshed after moving around for 5 minutes.
Tired before and after sleeping. However, after 5 minutes of being awake, I felt good!
Didn't sleep for most of it. Probably only got light sleep, but still felt rested after.
Another oversleep. Exhausted and Rocket League didn't wake me up. I turned off my alarm at 30 minutes during zombie mode.
I felt a bit better after the nap, but still exhausted. I wanted to stop this whole experiment right here, but somehow I plowed through.
Took a while to fall asleep, but had an extremely vivid dream that I woke myself up from. 100% rested after with no drowsiness.