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September 26, 2008

Sleeping Patterns and My Sanity

I have recently spent far too much time sleeping. Consequently Vic and I have decided that we will be undertaking a polyphasic sleeping pattern. Starting tomorrow we will be attempting to arise at 6am – exactly at the time the alarm clock rings. This period of preparation will continue until 8th October. Starting the 9th of October we will be undertaking Buckminster-Fuller’s Dymaxion Sleep pattern. Buckminster Fuller tried this for 2 years, and remained sane during the period of time.

The schedule involves taking 30 minutes of sleep every 6 hours – one is consequently able to stay away for 22 hours of the day. This may sound insane – but it is backed up by SCIENCE! Essentially at the beginning one enters a period of sleep deprivation, with the consequence that the Brain forces the body into REM sleep when one immediately starts sleeping. The result is that sleep time for unnecessary activities (stuff not involving the brain) isn’t wasted and one can stay away for much longer.

Consequently if you meet me at any time soon after 9th October, I am likely to be acclimatising and in a state of sleep deprivation (since my brain won’t have shut down non-essential sleeping functions). I may be making less sense than usual.

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