Before I travel headlong into a hexaphasic sleeping schedule and a temporarily frenetic existance, I think it'll best to inform people of where I'm coming from - things such as my health, normal activity, diet and sleeping patterns. Since hexaphasic sleeping isn't studied scientifically in that much detail - and especially not as a general sleeping regime (polyphasic sleeping is often studied and used in endurance sailing events
) - many accounts are anecdotal and lack information that me be of importance, thus I'll try and be as comprehensive as possible in my descriptions.Health and diet
I'm feeling generally pretty good, I'm reasonably fit (see my normal activities below) but I do have a couple of vices. Namely coffee and cigarettes. Smoking isn't that much of probalem to give up, I'm very irregular with it and have gone for weeks without smoking and barely notice the cravings. Coffee on the otherhand I have something like 3 full cups of filter coffee, or up to 5 cups of instant and this will likely be the hardest thing to give up. I'm not going to go completely cold turkey, instead I'll probably have half a cup at the beginning of each 4 hour phase, then every other phase, etc. until I ween myself off of it.
I'm a vegetarian out of choice, so although I do sometimes eat meat when out at a restaurant, I'm always eating vegetarian at home. I eat lots of vegetables and fruit
and generally tend to cook up stir-fries or pasta for dinner - but I change the composition of veges so there is alot of variation within those two choices.
I supplement this with a daily Supradyn multivitamin effervescent tablet, which contains a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. I also have a Glucosamine capsule and St. Johns Wort daily, the wort is to keep my mood elevated, and the glucosamine is to reinforce my joints for all the gym activity I do since they used to get quite sore.Normal activity
I normally do Kung Fu twice a week for an hour and a half each time. In addition to this I go to the gym for an hour each day of the week to do about 15 mins cardio and the rest is resistance training. I will do a post soon recording the weights I can use in different exercises to see if my body deteriorates as a result at all.
I'm currently in my 5th week of a creatine
supplementation program. This increases your strength and endurance for training, I'll be coming off of it at the end of the first week entering the uberman cycle.Sleeping patterns
I'm naturally an owl in that I tend to stay up late and have difficulty waking up (Owls and Larks
). I've heard larks are more succesful in their attempts at the uberman cycle, but we'll see.
(For a rudimentary test to see if you are a lark or owl click here
I'll include more information if I can think of anything pertinent, although feel free to comment and ask me questions and I'll update this post with the answers.