Sleep patterns

This blog is no longer being updated. I have MOVED to my new home.

It was nice here, while it lasted, but hopefully a fresh start will make life more interesting elsewhere!
1st December 2005

Life without an alarm is working out just fine. Not as radical as polyphasic sleep, but an interesting lifestyle alteration nonetheless. I have operated without an alarm clock for just over a month and not overslept even once. In the first couple of weeks, I tended to wake quite early and on occassion very early, but now I am waking within 10 minutes of my target time.

The only time I set an alarm is if I need to get up early to go to a customer meeting, such as 5:30am this Monday past for a trip to Scotland. But even then, I woke up a few minutes before the alarm was due to sound.

So, how does it benefit me? Well, I think I am more rested by waking up naturally rather than to a loud and shocking noise. I am not getting as tired in the evening as I was, and I am waking up ready to go with no stuffy head or glued together eyes!

Polyphasic sleep sounds very interesting, and I can well believe that it could work well. Unfortunately, the regular world of office work doesn’t look easy to fit around the need to have regular naps with a fairly strict regime. Also, the transition period seems a bit on the rough side, which again sounds like it should be done during a period when your restricted capabilities wouldn’t matter.

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