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Filed under: General — Thomas @ 1:24 pm

2007-9-24
1:24 pm

Today’s xkcd is both funny-on-a-thaytan-scale and incredibly intriguing. God, I’d love to try this and see if it works for me.

Somehow it has a better appeal than that technique I read about where you only sleep 5 intervals of 15 minutes during a full day, but at very specific times, and non-flexible – if you skip it you’re exhausted. A little too invasive to say “I need to sleep 15 minutes now, I’ll get back to fixing this server on fire after that”.

5 Comments »

  1. I’ve worked on both 36 and 48 hour cycles before, and 36 is more or less fine, but 48 is completely exhausting.

    Comment by daniels — 2007-9-24 @ 2:05 pm

  2. Your body is basically designed to stop you doing this. Read the alt text on that comic :-)

    Natural circadian rhythm (hormone fluctuations etc) is 25-26 hours, but we have lots of environmental cues to keep us on 24-hour cycles.

    Comment by David Adam — 2007-9-24 @ 2:13 pm

  3. I do this very often, only 25-26 hours instead of 28 (see comment #2 above). It’s not like I want to though. It’s just that as a grad student working from home it’s hard to stay in sync with the Sun. I’m not very productive when it happens. And then there’s the occasional spanner in the works — I just got up after only 3 hours of sleep for a doctor’s appointment. I popped a caffeine pill and I’m waiting for it to kick in; I keep a bottle handy just for situations like this. Finally, it’s doubly troublesome when I’m weight training: I simply can’t physically move a muscle if I try to get up without 8 hours of sleep. I’ve missed countless appointments this way.

    Comment by randomwalker — 2007-9-24 @ 3:29 pm

  4. A single 30-minute nap at dusk can make me feel disoriented for the rest of the day – it’s something about going to sleep when it’s light out and waking up when it’s darker. I have a feeling I would start forgetting which day it is :)

    Comment by Travis Reitter — 2007-9-24 @ 4:31 pm

  5. Yeah, I love xkcd too :)

    I’m nearly certain that you’re talking about polyphasic sleep:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyphasic_sleep

    Comment by Joe Smith — 2007-10-7 @ 8:47 am

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