But what is polyphasic sleep? Simply put, it is taking short naps over a rather frequent period of time. The times I have heard the most are a thirty minute nap every four hours or so. I shall aim for 2 am, 6am, 10am, 2am, etc. I might adjust this to 1-5-9 or 12-4-8, but the first seems easiest so I'll stick with it for now.
Probably the greatest danger for me will be finding things to do with the extra time. Six naps of 30 minutes equals only three hours of sleep per night, so wandering about aimlessly would likely result in me sleeping more than I 'should'. It's too bad I quit smoking - cigarettes would help me remain awake enormously.
The extra time is my second motivation for trying this - the first being intense curiosity. Will it destroy me? Shall I find myself incapable of maintaining such a thing? Shall I truly find myself invigorated after a week or so under its influence? Who can say? So to begin, let me list (you know it's my favorite thing to do!) what I should like to work on during the increased awake time:
- Write. I have much to write - letters, this oft-neglected blog, my journal, my novel, etc.
- Read. There is no end to what I must read. On my plate now is Christopher Bruell's book On the Socratic Education, an 'introduction' (gotta love that Straussian irony) to the shorter Platonic dialogues, the Dialogues themselves, Aquinas' Summa Theologica, and Dostoevsky's Demons, not to mention the Bible and various Christian disciplines which I should like to make a large part of my life.
- Practice. Though my musical ability has been irrevocably stunted, some pieces are still within my ken; most notably Schubert's Impromptus Nos. 1 and 4. Even his D959 sonata may not prove impossible, though almost certainly his Fantasie and second impromptu shall be. No matter, for I find I cannot set aside the piano indefinitely, nor abandon my cultivation of classical music.
- Exercise. My running dream has been frequently set aside, but never abandoned. My goal is to run three to five miles at once, and with the extra time I might well be able to do so.
That is enough for now. Time to try it out. I shall write again when I am in the zombie state. Will it take two days or two weeks to overcome?