So, first, the last 24 hours.
Scratching my face accidentally hooks my finger in my lip. Lying in bed for nap #5 sets me there in and out multiple times an hour after #5′s already been successful. But this tiredness got better as the naps came by.
I can tell when I ‘should’ wake up, and it’s basically when my attempt at sleeping feels like the idea/dream has an ‘end’. Usually that ‘end’ feels like I just completed an idea, even if I’m so groggy that remembering anything that might be REM is difficult. Maybe I should write something down when I wake up.
Covering from then to now:
I took my first nap ASAP after I committed, since it was a bit after 9 and I thought I could start right away. Getting into REM sleep was nigh-impossible, but sleeping was available; I mean, who doesn’t sleep at dark, when you’re tired, in the beginning of the late night? Batman.
Didn’t bring much energy like all the post-acclimation naps, of course. But I feel like I managed to stay up better due to these naps, so it’s really my REM failures. Laid in the lounge chair I was already in to pass out.
Rest two took place soon after, at 1 AM. (I’m intending 1, 5, and 9 for my AM/PM Uberman naps) It was hard to work due to being tired as normal by this time. However, the nap continued to push me forward. The living room was dimly lit, which made working hard. I couldn’t adjust the light levels; I had company in my living room sleep.
After that nap, though, my girlfriend went to bed and I remained awake. I turned on the lights, tried caring more about TwitchPlaysPokemon, cleaning up the area I was in, reading emails on my phone.. I got most of this done, but knowing I would be awake all night made the weight of “fill this activity” heavy. Steve advised the same thing, and it’s no wonder: if you jump from 8 hours of sleep per day to 4, you’re essentially adding 4 hours of time every day that you’ll remember stuff. So activity is a must, haha. Luckily, I got a lot to do. B)
Besides the urpiness my intestines were suffering, I started writing; that post you saw before. Woo! Every little bit counts. After that, I ran to bed for my 3 AM nap, and woke again. I was really glad my watch vibrates for the alarms I set it; I don’t want to wake up everybody with me.
I started organizing a whole bunch of documents I hadn’t gotten a chance to; old employment, insurances, my old car, and more. I took my 5 AM nap during my work, and picked up where I left off. Drawers I hadn’t needed to open in a year got their contents opened, reviewed, filled out. (Other stuff I had to do was after getting my life in order, at least this early in the AM.)
Afterwards, my girlfriend was about to awaken– and that mystical feeling that Steven mentioned came up. When I started thinking how far ahead about this, I realized how little I might be sleeping in the bed. How my side of the bed might not smell like me. (Details, details.) Moreover, I realized that I intended to be doing this ‘for now on.’ The idea of ‘night’ was gone. That feeling creeped in just gently.
My naps weren’t spectacular. The first ones were good as mentioned, the later ones, not so.
Worse? Once my 9AM nap came around, I overslept after failing to get out of bed. I was in and out of awareness, waking after almost each thought, hm.. So yeah, an hour of cheesecloth. Though, at my 1 PM nap, I felt the ‘dream’ state a bit better. I even remembered my dreams/daydreams.
As my 5PM nap rolled around, the temperature things that Steve mentioned came up earlier–I often get cold and a runny nose when sleep deprived. :/
Weirdly enough, I had a lot more emotional energy than I normally have. Each time I took a nap, I felt like, “this is the time to recuperate” about it since I’d have to wait 4 hours for more, right? I didn’t imagine that I’d wake up with fresher eyes about everything.
My 1 AM nap wasn’t very successful, though. I began pushing naps back by an hour already, and I’ve read so much no-nos about that. I didn’t realize it’d be an issue until I hop in bed at 3 for my 1 AM nap, and woke up at 6:30. This is with the help of my girlfriend–I didn’t take it seriously, but articles about the Uberman sleep pattern say that people need help acclimating. Human alarms, that is
She said I was snoring–that’s totally out of character for me. I’ll save you the quip about being some sort of black hole of rest.
But I woke up in some surreal mental state. Kinda like… I’ve been awake for a lot of time. I haven’t even realized I could keep track of it, but it’s a while. Getting a 2/3 hour splurgefest of rest in the middle of it didn’t hurt, but I woke up feeling unreal about this whole experiment. Imagine waking up from a dream wherein you were awake “for what seemed like days.”
And now, it’s the beginning of day two. My first nap is coming up (9 AM). Already sending emails out, updating websites, paying bills, etc.