Every experiment have a start, but how to start E3? The reduction of sleep has some consequences, especially in the first days. So how to switch most gently from a 7-8 hour schedule to a 4 hour schedule? I tried to sleep longer than usual this day to be fit and have no troubles to keep up until 12 pm (which anyway should be no problem as I am a night owl). However, I succeeded sleeping a bit longer and I actually feel pretty good. Doing some nap in the afternoon could also help but as I am not used to it I did not try it out. I am very excited to start!
Core Sleep Precautions
As my first core sleep will happen from 0:00 to 3:00 I set my alarm clock to 23:40 and 3:00. This gives me some extra time to prepare me before falling asleep. I also picked my clothes already which I will wear tomorrow to minimize disturbances to my girlfriend after the alarm. Usually my sleep is very light and I hope I can turn the alarm off right before my girlfriend notice it (otherwise she will slap me until I wake up).
Although I did not publish any results from the tests I ran yet, I will perform some more test runs to get more data for comparison. I did also a blood test on Friday which should give me some additional information. I will do another one after a couple of weeks and see if E3 would have influence on the values.
A Little Hike
As I am getting more and more exited I decide to do a short hike to calm down. It was very ice today but I finally arrived at the summit and did enjoy the sun there. The picture of this post gives an idea how nice it was up there today!
As a security engineer I am addicted to coffee! I love to drink a self grated coffee to start my day and to take at least one more during the forenoon. After the lunch, the very first thing I do is to grep my cup and get some more fresh coffee and for a certain it will not be the last one.
So it can’t get any worse to me when I change my sleeping behavior to the Everyman schedule as caffeine is one of the most influencing substance when it comes to sleep. To avoid any problems getting my valuable sleep (as it’s only about 4 hours), I get rid of coffee as well as any other drink which contains caffeine.
Looking at the empty cup of coffee after my breakfast fulfills me with sorrow as I know it was my last one for a while. Goodbye my old friend!
My current monophasic sleep schedule uses something around 6-7 hours of sleep but I do have some problems with it. Most of the time I can’t sleep through and hardly find sleep again afterwards. In addition to that, it takes me about half or a full hour to fall asleep.
So I was searching for another solution to adopt my sleeping habits into a more fitting schedule. I read about polyphasic sleep patterns and I decide to give it a shot. After doing some research I decide to use Everyman with 3 naps as it seems to be the less toughest. It provides 4 hours of sleep and the schedule can be mostly adopted without a problem to my social live. The most appealing effect beside getting more lifetime is that it almost everyone who successfully accomplished it, reports that even after switching back to monophasic sleep it is easy to fall asleep almost instantly. So even if I can’t handle this schedule over a longer period I would benefit from this effect (at least I hope so).
The Everyman with 3 naps is also called E3 and has the following structure:
The core sleep is about 3 hours and the naps are limited to 20 minutes. This makes it a total of 4 hours of sleep. I mentioned the core sleep is about 3 hours but some suggesting that this is very individual and should be adopted to the personal needs (up to 3.5 hours). I will start with 3 hours and depending on how I feel when I wake up I will adopt it to see if it will feel better.
My personal schedule looks like this:
core 0:00 – 3:00
nap1 7:20 – 7:40
nap2 13:20 – 13:40
nap3 19:20 – 19:40
I can take the first nap before I will drive to work and the second one after the lunch. Usually, we do not have any appointments at this time and luckily my employer will not mind it. Depending on the work and the traffic I decide to take the third nap at work or at home. According to most sources, it is necessary to stay with the scheduled time slots but I am pretty sure that I have to adopt some naps depending on my social life.
Final thoughts on E3
I am a typical night owl and I hate it to stay up early. However, if I wake up after a couple of hours I feel often pretty fresh which makes me confident to get up at 3:00 am without bigger problems. Nevertheless, naps are a whole other story. I never practice naps and the usual time I need to fall asleep doesn’t convince me neither.
Considering the size of this post I will make a cut here and write some more details during my regular posts.