Monday, July 08, 2002

Day 0
Ok, I'm back. Sorry for the long delay, but things have been busy and I haven't had time to start the cycle attempts again (ironically enough). I plan to start again tomorrow, however I will be doing 30 minute naps, which will shave an hour off my gain, but my research tells me this will work better. I found a bunch of interesting resources on the Uberman's cycle, which is actually called polyphasic sleeping. I will post them in the side bar links at some point in the near future. Also, it looks like I will have Mike in tow as long as his paypal account gets unlocked, or so he says. My aftershock caffeinated soap arrived, and I'm thinking about ordering some bawls soda as well. Hopefully, since the natural method was not sucessful before, I can achieve polyphasic sleeping through the use of drugs :-).

Rufus

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Day 3
Faliure, again. The alarm was 15 feet from my bed, and I am 100% sure I set it right. I just woke up, from my 7am nap. I am thinking at this point that if this is going to suceed, I'm going to need to be caffienated, at least for the first two weeks. My body is going into override way to early at this point. I had to have gotten up, walked to the alarm, turned it off, and gotten back into bed. The only time I've had a similar loss of control over myself, is when I did the experiment where I didn't sleep for three days. At this point Uberman's is going to have to be put on hold, at least until after finals. After that, I might return to it, who knows. I'll leave the webpage here I guess, and you can look for updates in a few weeks.
Day 3
Things are looking good at this point. I just watched hardball on TV, ok movie, kind of sad I suppose, but it passed time. Now I'm just trying to find something to do untill my 7am nap. I moved my alarm clock far away from my bed. Hopefully this will prevent oversleeping. If oversleeping is going to happen, history tells me it will happen soon. On the other hand, I've been this far totally sleepless before. Then again it didn't seem to help me on the last two tries. I really hope I can pull this through. It's gonna need to be functional by next week, because I can't afford to be fighting with it still during finals. The original writeup says that I should be fully acclimated after 12 days or so. Gonna be cutting it close to finals, but with the number of projects I have to do, I'm gonna need the time. My profs seem to have gotten nothing done this whole quarter, and now they're trying to make up for it so the department doesnt get on their asses. I still have yet to touch any of the cokes I bought. I'm proud of myself for that. Also, I got a bit of a wierd feeling in my head about an hour ago, while I was watching the movie. It wasn't a tired feeling, but more of a loss of balance thing. Another interesting point. Mike seems to have contracted the fever of destiny, and with my sleep pattern as it is, my immune response is going to be shit. I've been toking up on vitamins, but I think I might get whatever he has, which could be detrimental to the experiment. This brings some questions to mind. REM sleep is important to the mental regeneration we need on a daily basis, but my guess is that NREM sleep still contributes to physical regeneration, as well as immunity. THe uberman writeup mentions nothing about this. The internet also seems to be horribly lacking in information on this topic, beyond the standard sleep deprivation is bad papers, at least according to google. If anyone knows where I can get some founded info about this stuff, holler back at me. rapereira@csupomona.edu

Rufus

Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Day 2
I am so amazingly tired. I overslept my 11am nap by 45 minutes. Hockey class killed me to death, and I overslept my 3pm nap by some short amount of time. I am experiencing the tired spell of destiny. I hope I can make it through. Fuck I'm tired.

Rufus
Day 2
Well, my 7am nap went fine. No sleep from it I think, but that is to be expected. I had a fit of productivity this morning, and ended up cleaning the whole kitchen, I even mopped, and cleaned up the living room. I think I would have vacuumed, but everyone was sleeping. I think that I've discovered a definate key to this whole thing here. Productivity is very important. Before I was concerned with keeping entertained, and I am now sure that this is the wrong frame of mind. The key is not how can I keep entertained, but what can I do with my newly aquired free time. I admit, cleaning may not be a hobby that bears repetition, but I am working with limited resources at this point. I think I will go to the bank when it opens, and I also have plans to do my math homework shortly. This new methodology may prove hard at first, as I am not one for getting things done before they have to be, but we'll see. Who knows, it could be a life changeing experience. Another interesting point: I bought two twelve packs of coke on sunday night, and there are still only three cans missing from them, one of which was danny's. This is extroardinary in my mind. I have been drinking tampico, and snacking on oranges and pineapples. I have to say, it is strangely gratifying to make a turn for the healthy. On the other side of things, I bought 5 boxes of corn pops yesterday night. Vons has them at 5 for $10. One box is almost empty.

Rufus
Day 2
Naps are on schedule and ok. I think I may have actually slept during my last two naps, though no REM. I also woke up right before my alarm went off both times, which was wierd. I'm going to move my alarm clock away from the bed. It shouldn't be a problem to wake up untill tomorrow, but I'm gonna do it today anyways. I also have plans to buy a rubix cube tomorrow, which should help me stay up. In other news, Danny proposed a pool on when I'm gonna fuck up the schedule. He proposed to do it really dumbly though, and couldn't explain it in the end of things. It proved humorous at least. I think he wrote about the pool on his diary page, but I'm not sure, check it out. I also broke my bike again yesterday. Hopefully I can get it fixed tomorrow. Everyone here thinks I'm going to fail miserably. Only time will tell I guess.

Rufus

Monday, May 27, 2002

Day 1
Fuck it, it's on, 1st nap: 3pm, naps to follow at 4 hour intervals.

Rufus

Saturday, May 25, 2002

Day 4
Faliure again. I woke up from my 4:00am nap, at 3:00pm. I don't know why I am hitting this wall at the second night, but it is making me extremely bitter. I was feeling fine before my 4:00am nap. I was active, entertained, and not fatigued at all. I have no idea what happened. Danny quit, I guess because I did not return from my nap. I think I'm done as well. I will return to this, but I think I am going to wait untill summer. Either that or untill Monday. I need to sit down and figure out what's up. It might be that we have started the cycle at night, both at the beginning, and after the first major oversleep. It might be wiser to start in the morning, in order to obtain productive, or semi-productive naps by the first night. It may also have been the bike ride, though I don't think so, because as I said, I was feeling very awake before the nap. Anyways, tonight I think I will take a normal night's sleep, even though I guess last night was normal too. In other news, I think I have inspired Sahanna, who first informed me of the health problems associated with this experiment, to try it, though this second faliure may change her mind. If I decide to restart the cycle again, I will do it on tomorrow or Monday. If there are no updates by then, that means I am waiting untill summer.

Rufus

Friday, May 24, 2002

Day 3
Things are going good so far. Danny and I took a bike ride of destiny this morning. I am curious what the effects of extreme physical exertion will be on the sleep cycle. My naps remain mostly unproductive as far as I can tell. I am always awake 10 minutes in if not later, though I do experience waking up at the end of each one. I also have yet to experience dreaming during a nap. Danny however reported dreaming about his alarm going off during his nap this morning. I did not go out and buy a puzzle, as I said I would...oh well, hopefully I can keep occupied tonight. At this point I think I am just surviving on my sleep deprivation training. If that is true then I am at 7 hours of sleep in the last 72 or so hours, maybe more, in which case I am holding up surprisingly well. I don't feel fatigued at all, despite the ultimate bike ride. In fact I'm feeling like practicing riding again. In other news, Chris has decided not to install GTA3, in order to maintain some level of productivity in our house. Danny and I went on an LED changing frenzy this morning. I changed the LEDs in my case to green and red. I had a nice yellow LED, but I jacked it into a 5v power source and it was only rated at 3v. It glowed bright red...for about 3 seconds. Now it does nothing. Oh well. I guess that's it for now. Don't forget to check Danny's journal. The link's in the sidebar.

Rufus
Day 3
Ok well, the lesson we learned here is, don't oversleep, no matter what. It's basicaaly like restarting the whole process. My last two naps have been me just lying there and not sleeping. Hopefully my next nap will be more productive. In other news, Mike has officially pussed out. He made up some excuses, but they were pretty much lame. It's ok, I would have expected him to puss out first anyways :-) In other news, GTA3 has entered our house, and all productivity is pretty much coming to a halt. At least Danny and I will have something to entertain us. Also, I think Soldier of Fortune 2 will be here soon. I feel good, slightly tired, but I think I can at least make it through the night. I think I might take a morning bike ride too. The effects of physical exercise on the experiment should be interested. Also, speaking of effects, Sahanna, who is well versed in medical stuff, has told me that this is removing years from my life and that it may cause dementia and other bad stuff. Wooster had also mentioned this dementia thing. This may warrant a little research on the topic, but I think I'll just play GTA2 and write the side effects off to dumb things I did in college. I'm sure my future kids will find it entertaining. Lastly, I added some links on the sidebar, along with the new layout. The link to Danny's journal is there.

Rufus

Thursday, May 23, 2002

Ok, I take that back, Danny and I are gonna keep trying. Mike is still up for grabs I guess. Just wanted to say that.

Rufus
Day 2
Faliure. Danny went to Aprils, as I said, and did not return. Mike and I, meanwhile, encountered the boredom wall. We copletely ran out of things to do. My 4am nap went well, and both Mike and I were feeling fine. Mike went for his 6am nap, and I was so bored that I did not realize he overslept. I must have been slightly delerious because it didn't occur to me to wake him up when I went to take my 8am nap. I took my 8am nap, and woke up at 3pm. I'm not sure whether I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep, or whether I messed up setting it, or what, but it's wierd, cause I don't remember feeling like it was gonna be a problem to wake up. Another interesting point, is that all three of us overslept at around the same time. I blame danny. We got GTA3 right before Mike went to sleep, and if Danny was here we would have played it. It's a toss up whether we will attempt to continue or not at this point. On the up side I feel very refreshed.