Definitely NOT going to work! (Surprising Reasons)

Posted by Heather Villa, CMA, MBA, MSM on October 13, 2009 in: Just Blogging

I had my first day today at an attempt of a Polyphasic Sleep Cycle. Unfortunately it is going to be very short lived. 🙂 However, not for the reasons I originally thought.

Everything I had read spoke about the crash and burn, the crankiness, the inability to begin sleeping when you first try, the difficulty of waking up, the being worn out and tired.

That was not the issue for me for the most part.

So early AM I went to bed at 2:30am and was supposed to get up at 3:30am, but my alarm clock failed. I ended up waking up at 6:30 and then resumed the pattern correctly again. I slept from 7:30 to 8:15, that cycle went fine. Then I slept again from 12:15pm to 1pm and that cycle went fine. I also slept again from 5pm to 5:45pm and that cycle went fine. When I say fine, I mean in regards to waking up, falling asleep and feeling okay during the awake periods.

The issue at hand for me was having to ‘go to sleep’. Since the whole objective of this experiment was to see if the Polyphasic sleep cycle would permit me to be more productive, by allowing me to manipulate my schedule around my most productive times, having it impair my productivity proves the experiment futile.

The issue was, at 5pm when I needed to go to sleep, I did not want to. Not because I was not tired, but because I was in the middle of amending a tax return for a client, had a colleague I needed to call back, a potential client I needed to return their call and a half a dozen emails I needed to review.

The problem with Polyphasic Sleep, especially using such frequent cycles, is that you have to stick to the Regimen and you cannot deter from it or you will crash and burn and your body will not get to adapt to the program like it needs to.

I never had a problem sleeping, nor do I have a problem meeting deadlines, I just wanted to see if using an alternate sleeping method would permit me to work during the night a bit, as well as work during the day a bit. Unfortunately, this program is not for me.

I am not completely against it, as a matter of fact, I think in a few weeks I might try a biphasic sleep schedule which is dividing your sleep into two parts (in other words, sleeping shorter at night time and having a nap in the day), however a five sleep cycle polyphasic system limits your ability to work or be up for a continuous period of time, and this affected my productivity more so than giving me extra hours in a day will increase my productivity.

I do think that this could work for many people and I have read plenty of success stories, however, for me – when I am preparing a tax return – nothing can stop me! Not even Sleep!

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