Step 2: 2007-08-24

A good day to start the experiment. One of the hopes I have for it is that I won't get so jet-lagged in my various travels. Tonight I'm going to New York for my new small nephew's first birthday party. Luckily (for this purpose) I don't easily sleep on planes.

I slept 7 hours last night and I'll start my naps today at 1, try to get a little extra backlog of sleep going up front. More later tonight.

Later tomorrow night:
Well that wasn't quite the tidy start I'd hoped for. I took my first nap at almost 2, due to mistiming my lunch responsibilities. I didn't quite actually sleep, but I Rested and arose refreshed. My second nap I pushed back half an hour to 5:30, and did sleep for a short time - or at least, I dreamed. The 9:00 nap was quite late because our flight left at 10 and at 9 I was on transit to the airport. I didn't take that one until I was on the plane settled in my seat, and I didn't sleep at all. I suspect, though, that this was mostly due to being on an airplane. I never sleep well when I'm upright.

After that it got all messed up. I missed my alarm for the 1:00AM nap and didn't take it until maybe 3, or 6AM EST, when the flight was about to land. And now I'm into the next day, so click Next and follow me...
Saturn V5 years ago
I think the best time to begin this experiment is when you know you won't have any important events that interfere with the schedule.  That way, you don't have to worry about sticking to your schedule in the middle of the event.
kin1286 years ago
This day was Blue Overtone Night in the Dreamspell. The Night is about "dream" and Overtone is about commanding and the Blue color is about transformation. (find out more at www.tortuga.com) Very synchronic day! Inlak'ech
j14328 years ago
I used to sleep twice a day. My schedule was that I would go to sleep around 3 or 4 AM and sleep until 8:00 AM when I had to go to work. I would then work all day and go to bed when I got home from work. For that sleep period, I would sleep until I woke up. I always was well rested. After the second sleep period it was time to go out and do things with my friends. After they turned into pumpkins at 2:00AM I went home and did stuff there. Because of the way that I slept, it felt like every other day was a day off from work. It was great. I always felt well rested. At another point in my life I experimented with sleeping whenever I felt like it. The schedule then was that I would sleep when I got tired and wake up whenever I woke up. I found that I kept a 26 hour day under that schedule. Like the first sleep experiment, I was always well rested but I found that I was out of phase with the rest of the world a lot of the time so when I was ready to go out, everyone was working or sleeping. That part wasn't that great.
my husband is 27 and i am 30. he is from argentina and is used to the 'napping' thing. over the past year we have experimented with sleep. never researched it, didnt realize it was such a phenomenon. we eased ourselves into it, cutting an hour from sleep every few days and adding a nap here and there (lunch breaks, after work) and i have to say that after 6 months of regularly sleeping only 3 to 4 hours a day, i feel more energized and motivated than ever. i have gotten a promotion a work, he is halfway thru a degree, our house is spotless, the novel that i was 'on' and 'off' of for years is almost complete. i could go on and on. don't give up, as the hardest part is resisting the urge to sleep off schedule. after a few weeks, you cease to be sleepy at all. i sometimes have to force myself to nap. GOOD LUCK, BE A SUCCESS STORY!
rachel (author)  mollypierucci8 years ago
Wow, that's a real motivator. Thanks!