December 6, 2015

Everyman Phase Three: Day 22

Current Schedule: Core Sleep: 10pm-1am  Naps: 6:00-6:20am, 11:20-11:40am, 5:40-6pm.

Felt pretty good day today - it was nice to get a longer sleep yesterday, and I don't feel like those cold/allergy/whatever symptoms are really with me anymore.  Around the afternoon, though, I felt pretty tired - not even in a sleep dep fashion necessarily, just like the week catching up with me perhaps.  I decided to throw in an extra nap, and ended up sleeping an extra two hours or so.  I didn't take my last scheduled nap of the day, since this unscheduled one was fairly close to it and because I had already slept a good portion.

I know this is a bit different from the norm, and I definitely don't plan to make this a recurring thing.  Still, I think it's good to take an extra nap now and then, especially if you think your body needs the extra sleep for something (sickness, stress, healing). If anything, I think it reflects the polyphasic method's versatility when dealing with changing situations.  Ideally, we would all be able to follow the same schedule and follow it like clockwork.  While that definitely holds true for adaptation, I think long term you have to have room for change for it to be truly sustainable - after all, life isn't predictable, so your approach will eventually either break or bend.

At any rate, I suppose we'll see whether my variances the last two days will really affect me.  I'm hoping the following week I can stay much closer to the schedule, and if I succeed without too much difficulty or sleep dep symptoms, hopefully declare myself adapted (hoorah!).  That's the plan, anyway.  Updated vitals here.

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