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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Day 1
Well, tonight will be a true test. I've been hitting my naps pretty much fully on schedule. Both Danny and Mike seem to be doing significantly better. On a side note, Danny made April soup and bagels because she's sick. I think he's finally learning how to be a boyfriend. Anyways, I have found that I feel horrible right after my naps, for about 10 minutes. Mike reports the same, but for 1/2 hour. After that I feel great though. I went to the market today and bought a bunch of juice and canned fruit and veggies. Hopefully they will help me out. I guess this experiment may actually improve my health, since it looks like I'm gonna have to improve my eating for this to work. I think eating is key here. Also, remembering to do normal tasks is important, like brushing your teeth and stuff. It's easy to forget when you don't wake up in the morning in the standard sense. Another interesting side note: HardOcp had a blurb just yesterday on caffeinated water and soap. I've seen the water before, but never the soap. I was thinking about trying it. We'll see.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/caffeine/5a65.shtml if you're interested.

Rufus
Day 1
All is going well so far. I took my first nap at 4:30 am, followed by naps at 7:40 am and 11:00 am. I am due for a nap right now at 3:00 pm as well. The reason for the crunched together morning naps is that I have a six hour block of class which I have to work around. I feel good. I had a little tired spell in class this morning, but I managed to fight through it. Danny and Mike ar not holding up so well. Mike seems to be doing the worst. He is attempting to take a nap in his car at school as we speak. He has already overslept once, we'll see if he does it again. Danny is doing better, but not by much. He looks tired. He overslept his last nap by 40 minutes. I have to take a nap now. Let's see if I can wake up after!!!

Rufus
Ok, here's the deal.
Danny, Mike, and I are attempting to implement Uberman's sleep cycle.
This involves taking six, 20 minute naps a day, rather than one coherent sleep session. The idea is that your body will learn to drop straight into REM sleep for those 20 minutes, giving you a total of 2 hours of REM sleep, compared to the 1.5 hours the average person gets for an 8 hour sleep. The plan is simple. Take a 20 minute nap every 4 hours. Boost vitamin and nutrient intake. Pick up a few hobbies to occupy the extra free time, which I have calculated to be just over 9 weeks (straight) per year. That means 9 * 7 * 24 hours. I anticipate a very difficult first few days, as it will be mostly pure sleep deprivation, until my body and mind acclimate to this new schedule. I hope that my previous sleep deprivation training will prove sufficient to get me through. Let's start the insanity.