December 16, 2015

General Adaptation

I believe I've finally reached the stage of general adaptation.  That's not to say I don't have slip-ups here and there, as I do - but overall, they seem to represent the minority of my schedule, and I seem to be largely moving forward without much variance in my schedule.

That's why, as of Day 60 of my sleep project, I'm declaring myself generally adapted.  What does "generally adapted" mean?  Well, it essentially means what I wrote in the beginning.  I'm not going to say I don't experience any sleepiness during my waking hours, as that would be disingenuous, but I've largely become accustomed to this new schedule and aren't experiencing dramatic shifts or disruptions.  In short - it's sustainable.  

Part of this is also because I notice my daily reports aren't changing all that much anymore.  While the first two phases (and beginning of phase three) experienced the most change, my recent daily reports have trended towards "Day went well, naps went well." While some may take comfort in knowing my general state of affairs is satisfactory, I'm sure this is less than useful to the average reader, and I had to ask myself what adaptation really looks like.  It's possible that I might reach a "Full" adaptation, whereby I don't experience any tiredness whatsoever outside of my naps, but I don't know yet whether to expect that.  More to the point, I think I'd be fine with Everyman even if I did have to deal with some occasional tiredness - it's more than worth that small price to pay for greatly increased sleep quality and waking hours in which to do things.

Thus, I have concluded my daily reports, and will not be taking regular, daily measurements in the vitals log anymore.  However, it's quite possible, even likely, that every so often I'll do a quick vital update and report of any changes.  Till then, I'll be working on trying to graph and otherwise interpret the data I've collected into something meaningful, accessible, and hopefully of use to the large community, both polyphasic and monophasic.

It's been great exploring this new frontier.  In many ways, I felt like an astronaut, adventuring into space for the first time, both thrilled and unsure of what they were about to discover.  While this is by no means new territory for mankind, it is to me, and represents a completed journey on my own little path of self-discovery. In this case, it would seem appropriate to reverse the famous line from Neil Armstrong's first words on the moon: "One small step for mankind, one giant leap for (a) man."

Sloth On the Moon

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