Monday, July 30, 2007
So, I make no secret about my insane sleeping issues. In high school I averaged 3 hours per night, and as an undergrad people would call me the hall's vampire (they'd wake up @ 4 am to use the bathroom and see me doing laundry, wide awake).
Sometimes I can wrangle it in, or schedule it so that I 'flip' on a certain day (rotate a full 12 hours so that a particular day has me awake during 'normal' hours). Yes, I've tried everything from stimulants in the morning and sleeping pills at night, to light therapy and melatonin, with no results. I've had sleep studies done, and I hit REM in 4.5 minutes (40+ is normal), and get about 33% more than the average person. You can probably see why I'm mildly obsessed with the topic. I had a blast teaching a review session on sleep to some undergrads, who were entertained by my story.
I'm bringing this up because I'm doing a little experiment. You might have heard of Polyphasic Sleep -basically sleeping less time overall, but in many segments. I'm going to try a particular flavor used by Buckminster Fuller called Dymaxion sleep. Basically, you sleep 30 minutes in every 6 hours. Sound crazy? Good. Bucky said that everyone should try it, and as I have yet to a Nobel, who am I to question him? I'll post any significant observations and an update in a week.