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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Polyphasic sleep in practice

Just finished my thesis proposal! A beast of a thing at 25 pages. I also literally have this mound of papers on my bed. Actually it's in several piles because it's structurally unstable as one pile.

I haven't really slept for the past 45 hours (proposal was supposedly due last Friday, but I delayed it to this previous Friday, but I didn't finish in time, but hey it's grad school, all deadlines are soft deadlines). I've taken 3 naps (the last one was unintentional). The first two were about 45 min. each and lasted me 40+ hours. This last one, I just closed my eyes for what I swear was a second and then I woke up 2 hours later. Fortunately I managed to wake up! It probably didn't help that I was laying in bed when this happened. I was actually surprisingly awake during this whole ordeal. Usually after pulling an all nighter (let alone two), I crash and burn like crazy. But I have been in a very low energy state, just sitting on this damn chair or occasionally rolling onto my bed to do work. On the otherhand, maybe this polyphasic sleep stuff actually works....

Anyways, it's time for bed! I'm not setting my alarm clock, so don't expect me to be up for a while.


nusraat said...

how many hours did you end up sleeping?

Vince said...

Not much actually....

I woke up at like 10:30 I think. I think my body was getting used to not sleeping.

Although, today, I woke up at 12:30, when I was supposed to wake up at 10:00..... fortunately I only missed a talk and was able to make it to my 1 pm meeting.

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