Next challenge in my challenges list is called Polyphasic Sleep Challenge. We can also call it Getting Shit Done level 2 🙂
Getting things done with my previous challenge worked out great but still, I was in need of more time. No matter how well I organized my day, there was still lack of time to finish what I would have wanted to finish. Plus I used almost all my free time on doing something from the “to do” list. I didn’t have almost any leisure time and it wasn’t a good feeling. And because of that, I couldn’t follow the schedule of my last challenge.
On Thursday a week ago I just didn’t feel doing anything useful. My mood was completely down and I felt like giving up on everything. Yes, I too have my low days. And sometimes it is good to let it out. You cannot be smiling 24/7 when you feel the opposite inside. You are just lying to yourself by doing that. But this wasn’t the topic I wanted to talk about 🙂
On Friday I felt a little bit better already and on Saturday I was back in my regular mood. But still, I decided to not follow the challenge “Getting Shit Done” for the next week. Just go at my own pace and do as much as I can without following the strict guidelines.
More the days went by, more I realized I want to try the polyphasic sleep cycle and see how well I can perform with this. I learned about it a couple of months ago and already then I decided I’m going to try it out someday. And after one week off from my previous challenge I made the decision I will try it out now. I should have enough time to finish my tasks plus have extra time to do something else: Read, watch videos, have a walk outside or do whatever else which is not related to work.
The inspiration to try this challenge came from this video. Getting so many extra hours during a day. Who wouldn’t want that 😉 Of course we all are different and our bodies behave differently under the same conditions. But you will never know unless you try it 🙂
The challenge itself
I’m going with the following cycle: 4 hours of sleep at night and two 25 minute naps during the day. So in total, I’m going to sleep 4 hours and 50 minutes. I’m going to implement few more things to get a better result:
- No blue screen for 2 hours before the night sleep, which means no PC, no smartphone and no TV (which I don’t have anyway 🙂 ). A blue light will stimulate our brain and it will not rest so well if we are exposed to blue light before the bedtime.
- No eating 3 hours before the night sleep + just fruits or something light for the supper. So my body would not waste energy on digestion.
- Complete darkness in the room where I sleep or sleep mask when the darkness in the room is not possible. We have a program built in us where we unconsciously open our eyes many times during our sleep. It is an old habit to make sure our surroundings are safe. Any extra light will stimulate the brain when there is light in the room during the “check”.
I’m going to try it for 20 days. If I feel great I might extend it. But if I feel terrible before 21 days end, I might stop because of health reasons. We just have to wait and see.
I’m going to make a lot of updates on how it is going, especially at the beginning when I think it would be the most challenging.
Wish me luck and stay tuned for the updates 🙂
EDIT: Mission accomplished. Total time 52 days 🙂
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