Grape juice. What does that have to do with polyphasic sleeping? It may actually have a lot to do with how you sleep and what you may need when you transition from monophasic sleep to polyphasic. According to the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, there might be a link between grapes and melatonin.
Melatonin helps to regulate sleep cycles and gets released throughout the day and night to alert somebody that they need more sleep or to transition from one cycle of sleep to another. For example, your body may be triggering levels of melatonin during the first 90 minutes of sleep to move from deep sleep to REM sleep. And vice versa. Melatonin is an important chemical in your body that needs to be released.
Now, don’t take my word for any of this. Study it for yourself and see if this is true. I don’t think there have been extensive studies on this, but there has been some testing on different extracts of different types of grapes. But this is not a medical review of how grapes and sleep relate. I don’t necessarily have the time to conduct laboratory experiments. I’m just trying to connect the dots between a few things as I’m transitioning my body and mind to adjust to polyphasic sleeping.
Many people who have gone on to be successful at assimilating their minds and bodies to the Uberman have found that they begin to crave grape juice. I haven’t experienced this craving just yet, but I did go out to the store to buy some. Some think that participating in polyphasic sleep schedules will keep your body from releasing the needed amount of melatonin in the body so they naturally crave what grapes tend to produce: melatonin. This is an interesting coincidence and I plan on drinking grape juice just in case my body is missing something that I desperately need. It tastes pretty good too!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s actually been 10 days so far. I know I’ve had a bunch of ups and downs, but time has passed by pretty fast considering I’ve been up most of the time.
With regards to this whole experimentation, I find it fascinating and at times exhilarating. 99%+ people in the world do not sleep like this. If I can become an Uberman, I’ll be in the 1 percentile of super humans who’ve conquered sleep. That feels pretty cool. There’s a sort of power that comes with being able to be awake when others need to sleep. The world hibernates as you, the Uberman, watches over the world. I wonder if this is how Batman can be awake during the day and the night. Even better, I wonder if I could become Batman.
As this is the 10th day in the transition period, I’m still not entirely there when it comes to being able to concentrate and be motivated to do anything. So I’ve been playing World of Warcraft to just pass the time away until I fully become Uberman. Then bye bye WoW and hello world of knowledge and skill building. But I digress; let’s get to how the naps are coming along.
2 am Nap
I felt really good after this nap. Nothing dragging me down. Just good ‘ol energy. I guess toward the end of the nap, my body was telling me it was time for another nap. But otherwise, this was a good nap.
6 am Nap
And this is where it always goes bad. I sleep like a rock, then the alarm goes off and I can’t find myself for hours again. My eyes get all puffy and are more heavy than I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. I walk around like a zombie and every time I sit down I almost dose off completely. Luckily, my wife is around to poke me or say my name loudly. I perk back up for 2 seconds, then do it again. This repeats itself for hours.
I usually think that another nap would do the trick, but it only makes it worse. So I jump into bed at 8 am and nap a little, only to find that I wake up even more tired and needy of sleep. I hate this time of day. I hate not being fully “there” when my family’s up. I’ve gotta stop taking that extra nap and going outside for a walk or run; but my motivation is so lacking at this time in the morning.
10 am Nap
This helps none either. I may as well not sleep for 5 weeks in a row and feel the same as I do when I awake from this nap. It’s truly excruciating. I really empathize with those Navy Seals who go through Hell Week. It’s gotta be so difficult. Lack of sleep is one of those things that really messes with you.
2 pm Nap
On a scale of 1 to 10, I felt like a 5 getting up from this nap until the next nap. I think a lot of the trouble has to do with my diet (not that I have to become a vegan to be successful at this). I’ve got to figure out when to eat, how much to eat, and what to eat so that I can have enough energy to get through the night and still maintain the same weight. I’ve gained 4 pounds already from being on this polyphasic sleep schedule. I don’t like that. So I have to figure this out.
6 pm Nap
This was a good nap. I woke up after 10 minutes, but went right back under for another 15 minutes. I gained a little energy, but still am at about a 6 or 7 for energy levels. I think I may make it a priority to not eat anything within an hour of napping and then eating something as soon as I get up from each nap. That’ll be a good test.
10 pm Nap
This was a great nap. I shouldn’t really expect to be fully energized after each one of these naps. Not until the end of the month at least. But this nap left me feeling okay; about a 7 out of 10. That’s good enough to get some work done and focus. Til tomorrow!