Day 56 – Oversleeping again


1 May

I did it again. I overslept. The cause was a mixture of tiredness and fun. I was really enjoying the fascinating dream I was in (at 3:05, time of the alarm, I was towards the end of the REM phase). Unfortunately I can’t remember my dream … but the people involved, and the fun or interesting things happening did make me think … “I can’t let go of this one … let me just enjoy one more minute of it and try to remember it.” Yep … instead of “one more minute” I ended up with 3 full episodes of REM!  Since I got 2 extra hours, I’ll skip the 6h30 nap (in an hour) and stay awake until my mid-day one. This might help me reset my schedule back to nap earlier as I had been drifting later and later for the last few days.

(2012/05/1, (5:10,6),(5:15,7),(6:00,6.5),(6:05,7),(8:00,5.5),(8:30,6),(9:00,7),(11:00,6))

Surprisingly after sleeping those 5:26, I was quite tired for most of the day and morning. That’s more hours than I’ve slept all the previous days … but I almost feel like those days when I used to oversleep 10h and then feel groggy and craving a nap all day.

2 May

It seems like readapting today is going to be difficult. After only about half an hour awake I was already having difficulties. To help me cope I’ve added about 20 granules of coffee to my decaf-tea. This will have to be my last coffee intake after this “oversleeping” to come back as quickly as possible to the old Everyman-3 Schedule.

During my 6am nap I snoozed 15mn to continue dreaming. But that only gave me 10mn of dreaming and then 5mn of light sleep which has made the waking up very difficult.

sleep hypnogram for polyphasic sleep with some oversleeping(2012/05/02, (3:00,5),(3:10,5.5),(3:20,6),(3:40,5.5), (3:55,6,”itchy eyes, tired”),(4:14,5, “nodding off, … need to get up”), (5:00,5,”tired”),(5:40,6,”some waking”),(5:53,”nodding off again”))

The naps felt great today.  Very refreshing and re-energizing.

3 May

six40winks hypnogram and sleep phases

(2012/05/03, (3:00,5),(3:10,7),(5:39,7),(6:15,5)
I hastingly set the alarm at 6:15 … for 7:45 … without thinking that I actually needed it for 6:45. The phone usually confirms … “your alarm will be in … 30mn” … but I wasn’t paying much attention so I gave myself an extra hour by mistake. It became a good hour of REM followed by some looong (possibly wasteful) light sleep!


I think I need to get back to the discipline of waking up immediately.  Snoozing often results in light sleep, over sleeping and drowsiness.  I need to remember my motivation!

Author: alvaro

A scientist, entrepreneur and wannabe polyphasic sleeper


  1. Are you still sleeping polyphasically or have you given up? It would be great to see a follow up post with a conclusion, even if you are no longer going to update this blog.

  2. Hi Steve,

    I have a lot of the subsequent posts drafted on a txt file but need to edit and post them together with the charts. Traveling, visits and work have been holding me back but I’m still taking data. I did about 1.5 months of everyman sleep and I would say I did adapt quite well (awake and aware all day, doing exercise and gaining lots of extra time).

    Social commitments were the main culprit for breaking the schedule … and eventually vacations, travel, and meetings made it hard to continue. So I took a 2 month break and then started again.

    I’ve also done a 2.5 week Überman attempt which was not enough to adapt and was pretty tough (much harder than Everyman). But I’ll post more about it soon. I have finally cracked the Android app to extract the Zeo data from the phone so posting the data will be much easier from now on!

    Thanks for your interest and stay tuned. I see you have about 9 days of polyphasic sleep … how is it going for you?

  3. I think I am maybe 50% of the way to adaptation now. I have good days and bad days at the moment.

    A couple of days ago for the first time since the start I felt ‘normal’ for a short while. Then today was a disaster and all I want to do is sleep!

    I have added your blog to my google reader so I will definitely notice when you post again.

  4. Hi Guys!

    I am doing some research into polyphasic sleep schedules and your blogs are great!
    I am interested about whether more young professionals are taking this up as well as students, do you know any others attempting polyphasic sleep and Steve are you currently studying?


  5. Hey Saba. I am not currently studying – I am working full time as a programmer.

    In the end I gave up my attempt at everyman as it didn’t quite seem worth it for me. I have ended up with a biphasic sleeping pattern instead.

  6. Hey Saba,

    If you’re looking for stories of other people have a look at the polyphasic sleep google group or the trypolyphasic map. I would think that doing uberman as a student is almost impossible. You need to be fully in charge of your schedule and each social interaction / activity is a temptation to skip a nap, be late, etc, etc. Even working for yourself at home it’s easy to miss the schedule and it requires a lot of discipline.

  7. So… What’s happening?

  8. How are you doing? Will you update this blog some day?

  9. Polyphasic sleep is not natural and is not recommended! This post goes into the details:

    DO NOT try a polyphasic sleep schedule – I have and it wasted a month of my life.

  10. any updates ?

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