October 24, 2015

Everyman Phase Two: Day 5

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

Today was fairly good.  I've noticed that my dreams have become very vivid - not lucid, but I seem to be dreaming more than I used to, and more fully.  This would seem to be in line with the concept that as one reduces their sleep, the more REM-based their remaining sleep becomes.

The first nap of the day still seems to be the lightest.  Perhaps it's because I'm taking it only an hour after I wake up, but I don't often sleep heavy on that one.  The second nap was fairly good, and that seems to be getting heavier.  The third nap was again the best, though even that's not yet quite to the point of full deep sleep. I noticed in Phase One that my body didn't often sleep heavy through any of the naps, potentially because the sleep deficit wasn't yet high enough to force that behavior. I suspect that my naps should become deeper in nature as the demand on my body for sleep increases through Phase Two.

I always look forward to the nice, calm energy that comes after my deeper naps.  I've noticed that I can come home from work, feeling tired, unfocused, and perhaps mentally exhausted after the day's stresses, but after my third nap that all seems to melt away.  It's not like an energy drink or coffee kind of energy, but rather a calm, sustained burst of rest and renewed focus.  One of my takeaways, even if the rest of the project doesn't work out long term, is that taking a 20-minute nap after work can do wonders.

As usual, here are my vitals.

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