Time to shine haha… I have been trying for +6 months in total to adapt to polyphasic sleeping, namely the Everyman 3 sleep schedule and Dual Core 1… I sticked to my schedules but it was still a failure since i didn’t learn to properly nap in all that time, I have been getting on average 3-4 hours of sleep during those 6 months, I usually managed to get the main core in but very rarely managed to hit the naps which kept me in somewhat a zombie mode but I was functioning (like on 70% energy or so).
When I first looked into polyphasic sleep like a year ago I found the dymaxion sleep schedule to be the most interesting and seemingly most worthwhile sleep schedule (yes more than uberman even). But unfortunately that sleep pattern has gotten so much bad rep in the polyphasic communities basically saying that it is the hardest sleep schedule to adapt to and that only 1% of the population have the gene that would even make attempting this schedule possible so I quickly gave up on the idea and moved on and chose easier schedules.
But about a month ago I found an old log from a girl that transitioned successfully into the dymaxion using a guide she purchased on the internet, till now I am not a 100% convinced it is a legit log, around the same time I found a bunch of other reports of successful adaption and most of it feels like it was just planted linking back to the guide so I grew even more skeptical (I have years of internet marketing experience so I know most tricks lol) but I was still ready to buy it and see for myself however the owner stopped selling the guide because he plans to rework the thing and do some more research according to his blog.
Eventually I got in contact with the owner of the guide and his replies have been very encouraging saying that he personally helped a couple people adapt to dymaxion and he offered to provide me with the old guide but I still mentioned my concerns about all those comments and posts online that I found to be fake and haven’t heard from him since lol, however my friend purchased the guide and he sent it to me yesterday.
I have started smoking when I was 12 or 13 years old and have since quit and started smoking many many times. Until about 21 years old I have smoked every day without my family knowing, then I had a moment of strength and probably low funds (lol) during my hitchhiking years and quit for almost 2 years and have since been on and off cigarettes all the time and it’s very annoying that I am doing this to my health and also kind of exhausting to always go thru the withdrawal symptoms.
I got this thing where I don’t smoke at all for weeks but then comes a night out, or a stressful moment or even a great moment and I am buying a pack that night and then buy another next day and have a couple cigarettes a day for a few weeks and then quit again a for a few weeks before the cycle starts over, so I am calling it my weekend chain smoker issue :D.
Not sure where this post will be heading to right now but just wanted to post this already to keep me mindful of that problem…. laters….
Update July 17th 2014:
Looks like this post is about a month old now, I finally found a moment of strength and quit FOREVER a couple hours ago. It got worse with me smoking daily again. I didn’t wait for my last pack of cigarettes to be finished like I usually do (destroyed them!) and also this time (before I always kept a little asterisk with a loophole open) I have told myself there won’t be exceptions when I go out drinking or have a stressful moment or whatever, I made it clear to myself that this will be it, I will never smoke a cigarette again. I am used to dealing with the withdrawal stuff so that will be annoying for a few days or a week but not too hard for me, the real test is time, I need to be strong when tempted…
I feel good right now and looking forward to a smoke free life, I hope I will have a positive update in a couple months here.
I have been thinking about this for a while after reading some books and blogs where people had some good results with this and I think in the spirit of this young Blog I should just take action and give it a try and see for myself, so I just went on Ebay and ordered 360 vitamin D3 capsules (5000 IU) from the UK as it is not really legal to sell them in Germany in “high doses” plus 90 capsules of vitamin K2 (includes K1, K2 MK4 and K2 MK7), the K2 MK7 is what I am after mainly and those capsules got 200 mcg of it each.
Not sure how I am going to do this self test, probably start out slow and post some observations here once a week or so, now waiting for the capsules to arrives, takes a week, sigh…
My adaption to polyphasic sleep is one of the biggest puzzle pieces in building the life/daily routine I am after, I have been flamed by a lot of people for keeping up with it even after long times in zombie mode (no-one in my family knows yet and I won’t tell before I am actually adapted). In my heart I know that this is what I want and the more I think about it the worse a monophasic lifestyle sounds.
This is my second try, well actually 3rd try if I include my couple weeks long try to adapt to the Everyman 3 schedule but I came to the realization that having to hit too many naps is just not possible for me yet (I almost never fall asleep for cat naps, big struggle without a quiet mind).
My first Dual Core 1 try was this winter in the Philippines, where I basically lasted more than 2 months on DC1 but I never really got out of sleep deprivation, there were some good days but overall I was just feeling shit and tired, I am pretty sure it’s because I have been going at it only half-heartedly, my overall health/fitness and I haven’t followed some important guidelines like for example wearing red glasses between first and second core which is bad for melatonin production especially if I spend some time on the computer between cores but I bought now a really nice pair of red glasses from Stihl :).
So yeah as I am writing this I am officially back on DC1 for a week plus about 10 days prior trying to learn to nap and getting used to bed and wake up times (big fail for the cat naps- slept 0 minutes in total!).
This is how my schedule looks like and I am not planning to change anything until I am fully adapted, making adjustments too early last time was a big mistake, I know that now:
So one week in I still haven’t hit a single of my 12.45-13.05 naps and I am struggling falling asleep for my second 5.15-6.45 core, the one today I failed to sleep completely and my main 21.45-1.15 core I usually lose quite some time before falling asleep and getting up at 1.15 is just THE worst but sleeping in is not an option, I need to send my body the right signals so it starts to understand when to get the SWS and REM it needs.
I guess I will just keep editing this post every once in a while with updates on my progress, one big worry is that it will take me a lot of time to adapt, I can’t really afford making sleepiness induced mistakes on the poker table, so it’s crucial to do things right and make adaption process as swift as possible or it will hurt my career.
Hello, my name is Toni, 31 years old and I had a bit of a wake-up call a few weeks ago when I almost passed out on a short bicycle ride to my garden house (the same guy that bicycled 2 continents like 7 years prior), because of that and a bunch of other signs of poor health, lots of stress and an overall unfulfilling life I have decided to make a bunch of real changes in my life and work on building the life/health/happiness I always wanted and this blog will help me keep track of my goals/ideas and motivate me to become the person I really want to be.
I am blessed with a fairly clear idea of how I want my life to look like in the future but the last few years I have been doing things completely wrong in so many ways, basically I was step by step bringing me further away from my dreams and am now sitting on a bunch home-made problems. I am regretting a lot of my decisions but there is no point dwelling in the past, I got a whole future ahead of me so it’s not too late to finally make the right choices and live the dream :)…
Starting this blog is already a big step in the right direction for me, I have no idea how many notebooks with ideas/plans/goals/dreams I started in my life and then abandoned or getting side tracked mainly because I was a serious workaholic the past years (and got nothing really to show for, which just makes me shake my head as I write this). I basically wasted some of the best years of my life in front of the computer trying to get rich and set me up for a good future when I could have had a good life in the present moment and avoided some of the problems with health and others I am facing now, not saying it was all that bad, I did have some pretty good years earning wise but my money management wasn’t the best so I am basically back starting at zero.
Going forward I am going to work more smart and effective and will have plenty of time in my day for other things (I am hoping to become a professional poker player by the end of 2014 but not by forcing it this time but by choosing the smart path) . Taking over this website which used to be a placeholder for my domain brokerage and finally putting it towards the use I more or less intended for it like 4 years ago when I bought it feels like the beginning of a lot of good things to come for me.
I am not really sure how the whole thing will be put together but I guess I will just keep writing brutally honest posts about the stuff I want/need to work on, some ideas, my poker career, hobbies, my travels etc and sort things out later…
Let’s go! I am ready for some serious mind and body hacking!