Time for a change – My new years resolutions

As is traditional, the new year is the time for some changes. Personally, I’m asking Santa for more time, less weight and world peace.

I can’t really bring about the world peace, so I’m going to leave that to Santa…

The weight and time I can do something about.

Weight loss:

I’ll start with the weight, since that is very simple. I’m about 8-10 Kg (20 Pounds) overweight, so it’s not really a big problem. I’ve read (well, some of) the 4 hour body by Tim Ferriss, and I like his ideas.

To lose weight, I’m just going to slowly start cutting out all carbohydrates. To start with, I’m thinking of definately having no carbohydrates with breakfast and minimal amounts of carbohydrates with supper. For lunch, it’s very convenient to have sandwiches or pasta, so I’ll stick with that for now. The other reason I don’t want to change my diet too drastically is my other Christmas wish.

Polyphasic sleep:

Turns out that a fair amount of my day is spent sleeping, so I figured that’s the best place to find some extra time. Tim Ferriss also mentions polyphasic sleep in the 4 Hour Body, which is something I’ve been considering for a while. I read about it about 18 months ago and really liked the idea, but my schedule wouldn’t quite allow it. I also couldn’t afford the time to go through that kind of sleep deprivation at the time, so I didn’t really consider it.

At the time, the only sleep schedule I read about was the Uberman schedule (20 minute naps every 4 hours), which was just too restrictive. Now however, there are a lot of bloggers that have tried a different schedule that lets them sleep for 1.5 or 3 hours at night and have 4-5 naps during the day. This schedule is somewhat more forgiving of changes in nap times.

Since I’m not working for the next week, I decided that it is likely to be the only time I can adapt, so I’m starting now. The hope is that since I’ll essentially have 9 days, I should be able to go back to work on the 3rd of January and be functional. If I’m not fairly well adapted by then, I’ll probably have to call it off.

The plan:

I still had a full nights sleep last night and I’ve started taking 20 minute naps today. I’ll call this day 0, since tonight will be my first night of sleep deprivation. Tomorrow the fun really starts.

My wife has decided to join me, so hopefully we can keep each other awake and not too bored. We’ll be going for a schedule with 1.5 hours core sleep at 23:30 and 4 naps of 20 minutes equally spaced during the day.

I’ll be measuring everything I can think of, recording when I have coffee or alcohol, maybe what I’m eating and anything else I can think of really.

I took an IQ test online (Yeah, I know they tend to be pretty inaccurate, but at least this one seems to be consistent, which is more important) and I’ll take the same test every 4 days or so. I’m also doing a typing speed test before and after every nap.

Finally, I’m learning Spanish at the moment, and I’m using supermemo which records every learning session with it’s recall statistics. I’m hoping that I can use these measures to determine when I’m fully adapted and to show that this isn’t negatively affecting cognitive functions.

I’ll post all the results on the blog. I’m also thinking of doing a video log during my adaptation. Partly to keep me busy and partly so that other people can get an idea of how difficult adaptation might be if they decide to try it too.

My next blog post will explain exactly what polyphasic sleep is and what I’m expecting.