Friday, June 21, 2002

Day 3
Took a 4 hour and 30 minutes sleep, from 3:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Now I think the theory about 1 hour and 30 minutes sleeping cycle is correct, because I didn't have too much trouble getting out of the bed (Either that or I was too lazy before). There was around 10 seconds there that I started to thinking this was a really bad idea because I was not getting enough sleep. But after shower, breakfast and stretch, I felt fine and came to work at 9 a.m.

There is another thing that I need to say to whoever might be reading this: Nap works. You know how you have some afternoon that you just feel so tired and don't want to do anything? Or even at 8 p.m. that you just want to lay down in front of the TV with a bottle of beer in your hand, even though you know you have things to do? Well, maybe you should try taking a 20 minutes nap. Because even when I was not able to fall asleep during the nap, I could still get up and feel better and get back to work.

Hmm.... I need to do something about the template. Cannot find a good one that I like.

2:00 p.m. I actually dozed and had a short dream! I couldn't even believe it when I woke up from it. I was just lying there, not hoping anything, as usual. Then the next thing I remember was I suddenly had this feeling that I have sometimes in the morning "Oh my god, I just meant to press the snoozer for another 5 minutes and now I am getting up late". Then I gained conscious immediately and realized where I am. I took a look at the timer and 17 minutes have passed -- right on time! So I didn't wait for it, as suggested by Nori in one of his post, and got up on my feet. So here it is, my first successful nap!

6:00 p.m. Another successful nap. Normally I get to sleep better when I sleep on my right side. But for the last two successful naps I was actually sleeping on my back, maybe because of the chair. Daytime naps are supposed to be easier I guess, because I was used to them. The ones at 9 p.m. and 1 p.m. might be the hard ones.

(The following is written on Monday morning 12:13 a.m. because I have been out enjoying myself, as explained in the next two days.) Missed 9 p.m. nap because I went to a "Beer Toss" party. Went home and took a nap around 12 a.m. Then stayed up till 3:30 a.m. (as far as I remember) doing file swapping between my old and new computers.

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Day 2
Took a 4 hour and 45 minutes sleep, from 3:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. At the beginning I felt pretty grumpy, but after eating some cereal (for the first time of the last two years, I was out of milk! Can you believe that? I guess that is a good sign because I eat more breakfast.), and doing some stretches (actually it is a very simple form of "QiGong" that I learned from my father early this year), I felt a lot better. So it is really important to get out of the bed, because I was so tempted to just hit the bed for another hour.
I did some calculation during my nap yesterday (I know I should not have done it, but the mind just wanders), and it turns out that I am sleeping 7 hours a day. So it is not a very big gain on time. I think the reason is that I am taking a 4 hour and 30 minutes core sleep and 30 minutes naps. I'll keep doing it just so that I can first get used to the schedule. Then I'll try to cut the time short.

Also for the log, I think I'll keep this format. Throughout the day I put in more comments into one post. At the end of the post will be the log about the naps.
Oh right, I also bought four books from bookpool and B & N (who now owns fatbrain) for some readings. I am thinking of keeping a couple technical books, one book regarding personal financing (or something like that) and one novel around me. The others are doing physics, which I did full time during the college. So I probably will just stick to some other topics.

Hit nap at 1 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and 1:30 a.m. It didn't seem to matter when I hit the nap. I couldn't fall asleep anyways. However, each time I woke up, I felt somewhat refreshed.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Day 1
Slept for 4 and a half hour last night, from 4:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. I felt fine around 8:30 a.m. so I resisted the temptation of lying in bed for another 5 minutes. A little bit dozy, just like one of the night when I over worked so no big deal here.

Took 1 p.m. nap for a 30 minutes. Forgot how good it is to take a nap in the early afternoon. I could have laid there for another 30 minutes and really fall asleep, but I think I need to keep the schedule.

I don't know about the other guys, but drinking tea helps.

11:06 p.m. Missed the 5 p.m. nap because I had to go to the car dealership to pick up my car. Most probably I will miss tomorrow's, too, because I had to drop it off tomorrow for some noise in the engine. So I took a nap at 7 p.m. and got up at 7:30 p.m.. Went to gym and then ate dinner. Then took another one at 10 p.m.
Neither nap has been successful, I always felt stressed out somehow and couldn't sleep. Hopefully it'll get better, like it does for the others.

This indicates that in order to keep this sleeping plan, there are also certain issues to deal with in order to live in this monophasic-sleeping society. I am also going to attend a birthday party on Saturday. I am planning on sneak out in the middle of it to my car and nap there.

1:52 a.m. I think I am going to zombie mode pretty soon, because I just passed another sleepless nap. You know you can remember so many things that you need to do but forgot when you are napping.

Just got up from 1am nap. Actually, went to nap at around 1:20am. I thought I felt a little tired but I guess it was not enough to fall into even light sleep. Oh well, I didn't expect much anyways. Interesting thing is that my 9pm nap was actually better than this one.
I think I'll turn off the computer later during the nap, because even the sound of the hard drive is making me wondering what it is doing. Now I think a eyefolder and an ear plug might be a good idea.

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Well, this is it. I am joining the force

After watching the other three's logs, I am having a lot more confidence now.
  1. It IS a little bit crazy to take a 20 minutes nap every 4 hours without any sleep at all, but taking a 3 - 4 hour core sleep (I am thinking of 4 although others are doing three) and napping throughout the day sound a lot more reasonable. Actually, I used to sleep 1.5 - 2 hours after lunch, and sleep 6 hours a day when I was in school. So here I am just taking the napping into extreme

  2. Because of the crazy schedule at work, I am not getting too much sleep anyways. And I am never a good sleeper, i.e., I never have had a good schdule as when to go to the bed and when to get up, so it has always been hard for me to fall asleep and get up. Since I am dizzy from time to time anyways, trying this new plan wouldn't hurt. Plus, even if I decide to go back to be a monophasic sleeper, I probably will know how to sleep and get up on schedule after training myself. So that'll be a very good thing too.

  3. Time time time. Yes I am also doing it for the time, just like I came to California for the money (Well, so much for that by now). There are several things that I want to do and I know I need to put in a lot of time in it.

Of course, as you can see from the other logs, this is not a easy task. I have to prepare myself:
  • Create Blogger Account: I think it'll be good to write down what I am thinking and planning, so that I don't lose the track. I think it'll be fun to see what I am going through. But there is one thing very important: Always press that "post" button when you are writing a big log. I just spent twenty minutes writing and chatting with friends on line, and blogger just logged me out!!! I lost all the work!!! BLOODY @$#%^&^*#$%@!@#&*!!!

  • Egg Timer: Like Mr. Nishigaya stated in Choosing Egg Timer, we bought one that has some "extra feature". I was intially pretty frustrated by it. Then I realized that it is not necessarily a bad thing. (BTW, do you know that when you install Macromedia flash player, it actually automatically shuts down all your IE windows!!!??? Thank god I pressed "post" this time.) Since I might not be used to the 20 minutes nap, my napping could be inefficient at the beginning. So I can set the timer to 30 minutes, and I will get beeps at 20 minutes, 25 minutes and 30 minutes. It'll be just like an automatic snoozer. Well, that is my theory now, it'll be intersting to see what happens.

  • Alarm Clock: I bought a cool RCA alarm clock, with ramp up alarm, dual wake and even a napping feature. So I can just use it at home and nap happy.

  • Napping Chair: I tried napping in computer chair today and it turned out to be a bad bad idea. So just borrowed a truck and bought a big one. It is of the shape of a big bowl with cushion in it. I tried it at 9pm and actually fell into light sleep for about 10 minutes and woke up at 9:25pm.

  • Off coffee: As suggested by all my predecessors, I have been off for a week now.

Ok I am going in. Wish me luck