keskiviikko 24. helmikuuta 2010


This blog will be about my attempts in achieving Dymaxion polyphasic sleep schedule. If you're somehow stumbled here, you'll probably know what it is, but in case you don't know, I'll explain shortly. Dymaxion sleep schedule consists of four half-an-hour naps with 5.5 hours of wake time in between. It means 22 hours of wake time a day, which is without saying a lot. Sounds perfect, right? Well, there's one problem - the transition phase. I'll have to go through insane amounts of sleep deprivation before my body adapts by making all the sleep REM-phase sleep. That's what makes it possible to sleep only two hours a day while mantaining functionality.

The transition phase is said to be pretty intense and there's pretty much no data of succeeded Dymaxion attempts. The other polyphasic sleep patterns have some bloggers and such who've come through the adaptation and lived this lifestyle for sometime, but in Dymaxion you'll pretty much only find failed attempts. There's not much of studies anyway about polyphasic sleep, most data that one can gather via internet is through bloggers. I'll return to this in future posts.

So if Dymaxion is so hard, why did I choose it? Why didn't I just go for bit easier (still extremely hard) uberman schedule or even easier alternatives? Well the main thing for me is the flexibility. 5.5 hours awake is so much more than four hours of uberman, so it's easier to fit the rest of my schedule into the equation. Not that I have that much of it, but still. Lastly there's of course the fact that I'm just plain crazy and love putting myself to impossible challenges and then berating myself when I fail.

I created this blog some point last fall (don't remember exactly, I guess I could look it up somewhere but I'm too lazy), thinking that I would be trying this soon. It didn't happen though, mainly because I really couldn't go through the transition phase so I didn't even try. Now on the other hand situation is changed and I really want to try this. I really have nothing blocking me, I have no job, I'm not studying and I really could use the time. There's also the fact that I'm wasting most of my time! I'll obviously have to work on that but now I might get so much more done while mantaining the time-wasting levels (of course I'll do my best to lower them, but at start I'd imagine it would be hard with the sleep deprivation and all).

I'm actually already a bit sleepdeprived already after watching last night some olympic hockey. I don't know how much I slept, but that's going to be my last 'real' sleep for a while. I just wish my body is good at adapting.

My Plan
So what will I do with all the time I get? My main point is to play much more poker, study harder for applying universities and do much more creative stuff overall. Of course at the start of the experiment I won't be doing all that much of anything productive. Maybe I'll try to do some crazy creative shit, but nothing seriously writing or anything. I won't be trying to play poker at the start. Mostly I'll probably just waste time watching tv or something - Olympics hockey is on so I'll spend most of my time watching it at the start, hehe.

Poker will be my main indicator how well my brains are working. If you're not familiar with poker you'd might think it's game of luck, well it's that too much mostly it's skills. I'll be evaluating how well I'm thinking during the games and if I'm making good decisions. But this is not and will not become a poker blog, so I will not delve into any game situations, just maybe some overall talk about how my game's are going.

I'll be also doing some light exercising at the start (I'm currently a bit injured, so I can't do anything to hardcore) and gradually increase the load. I gotta be careful though that I don't burn myself out with the decreased sleep.

How long I will go on? I'd say at least to may, if it works out. If it doesn't, we'll see. I really doubt I can go on for the summer since I'll start training more intensely in the summer (I play soccer).

Who Are You?
Oh yes, that. I'm 21-yeard-old guy from Finland, as I said no job and no school. Among poker and soccer my interests include writing, I enjoy gaming, especially making my own stuff for games (like missions, I have made tons of missions to Operation Flashpoint). I'm also decent lucid dreamer, I can do at least a few of those every month, though I'm always looking to improve.

I use nickname Jakro for most forums, so if you spot anyone named Jakro, there's good chance that it's me.

Oh and one last thing: I'm not native english speaker, though I think I'm decent. If you notice some grammatical errors or bad phrases or anything like that, please bitch and moan as much as you can, otherwise I'll never learn.


Everythings ready. I'll get the first nap once I get tired, I won't bother before that. After that I should be tired enough for the rest of the naps.

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