Have you ever gone awhile without sleep? If so, what happened? Did you hallucinate? Did you get unmotivated to do anything? Did you lose all weakness in you body? Did you ever fall asleep standing up? What were your experiences?
It’s funny how I am completely different when I get enough sleep. I’m motivated, passionate, joyous, and strong. But through this experiment I’ve discovered a lot about myself. Without one of the main necessities of life (REM sleep), I become a little baby. I’m whiny, weak, unfocused, and lazy.
REM sleep! Please please please come! Let me be the man I once was, but without all of the down time that it required.
2 am Nap
Dang, it feels like there’s no end in sight. Like I am unable to assimilate into the Uberman sleep schedule. Like my body is telling me no way. And it’s tough. The 2 am nap went okay, but I got really tired, really fast, so I decided to add an extra nap at…
4 am Nap
This nap ruined it for me. I overslept. Not sure how, but I did, by about an hour or so. So now I’m back to questioning whether or not I can actually do this. I’m really sick of waking up and being tired all day long. When’s it going to get better? When is my body going to get used to 20 minute naps? When do I need to stop worrying about oversleeping? It feels like never.
This schedule is so strick, that I might not be able to assimilate due to the fact that I cannot be on a schedule like this. I don’t know. I just hate being tired. And I’m tired all of the time now. It’s almost like a catch-22, where I’m so tired that my body tells me to get more sleep, and thus I oversleep, but this causes my body to be even more tired, thus perpetuating the cycle all over again. I’m really getting frustrated.
6 am Nap
Still nothing. Not a good nap. Completely (and when I say completely, I mean 100%) groggy and tired after I woke up. All I wanted was to sleep a good 14 hours; still do! My family is suffering in a way as well as I go through this assimilation period. I’m just not there to give them myself. I’m a complete zombie, sitting down in the chair, passing in and out of consciousness. I answer questions in a delayed manner, and I don’t even have the energy to stand. My daughter’s aren’t really understanding the whole situation and what’s going on with daddy, but hopefully soon they will see a new me.
10 am Nap
This has been by far the worst morning ever! I can’t seem to stay awake without jumping up and down and singing to myself. I look like a nut! My focus is completely off and I’ve lost so much motivation to keep going. It’s like being tortured and all you want is to give up, but you don’t. And the more you don’t give up, the worse it gets. My head is so fuzzy, my eyes are beginning to blur, and I feel so weak. I don’t know how much more of this I can take. Maybe my body will not let me become Uberman. Maybe I’ve messed up too much and over slept to the point of no return. I’m not sure, but the one thing I am sure of is that this has been the most difficult time of my life. My will says to keep going, but my mind and body are telling me to shut down and reboot. Which do I listen to?
Will this affect my health in the long run? Is it worth it? Should I try to start over after a week or two of monophasic sleep, or should I continue forward in hopes that I’ll break down that wall that’s looming over me?
This all may sound crazy to you, but to me it’s not. My mind is in a completely different place than when it’s fully rested. I think and plan totally different. But what do I do? I’m so confused. I don’t want to turn around and give up if I’m only a day or two away from switching over completely. That would be so horrible!
2 pm Nap
I slept pretty well for this nap. But afterward, I became very tired even faster. Still not sure what to make of all of this yet. And I really really really don’t want to quit doing this, but if after a few weeks there is not progress, I will take it to mean that my body and mind are too strong to force them to do anything than what they were trained to do.
6 pm Nap
I can’t complain about this nap. It was pretty good. Although I was at work, I fell asleep pretty quickly and woke up 20 minutes later feeling slightly refreshed. I don’t remember dreaming at all, but the nap seemed to work, as I was getting really tired toward 6 pm.
There’s a couple things that I’ve been thinking about throughout the day that might help me to continue through this transition time.
- I could stop taking the in-between naps that I take when I feel completely exhausted. This will force my REM sleep to kick in faster on my normal naps. So instead of 7-8 naps during the day, I’ll only do six.
- If step 1 doesn’t work, I could try to do 45 minute naps next week. This may give me a little extra energy (as I’ve already proven I can oversleep anyways) and prove to be quite successful. Not sure about this step though.
- During the worse part of the day, I need to focus on eating something and then getting outside and doing something. That’s going to be hard because my mind and body don’t want to even move an inch, let alone get dressed and go outside.
So these are just a few things that may help me to transition completely and quickly. We’ll see. As of right now I have to stick with exact timing and never oversleeping.
10 pm Nap
This nap was really good. Wish I had more like these.