I’d be interested to hear your exact schedule, @boadoom! The extended morning nap sounds very attractive.
@prefinem The hardest things for me were socializing, criticism, and the dark hours. I went to a LOT of concerts 5 years ago… Car naps did NOT cut it, as I’d spend the twenty minutes trying to get comfortable as opposed to a quick but deep REM sleep. Every single person I talked to would practically berate me for it(I realize now that I don’t have to take criticism to heart, but easier said than done), and I had to hear over and over about how it’s “super dangerous”, etc. OH GOD THE DARK HOURS! So boring… So tired… I remember falling alseep with my eyes wide open at the computer, and those two weeks probably felt like a month or two; night time hours simply drag when you’re that sleepy. I lived next to a high school track and field, so I’d go on walks to help keep me awake. It would work, but about twenty minutes after I’d come in I’d be sleepy all over again. It did help kill the time.
When adhering to a serious polyphasic sleep pattern(not just Mexican siesta-style), it’s important to remember that while sleeping, your mind gets the rest, but at only 20 minutes, there’s not enough time for your body to go through its cycle. You need to have some “down” time each day. Best to do it in the day-time, until you can stay awake no problems through the night.
EDIT: Probably not the best person to listen to, since it only lasted 2 weeks with me. But I did put in a lot of research, so I feel like I have some authority on the subject.
EDIT2: boadoom’s method you probably don’t need extra downtime. 3 hours of sleep should be fineish for the body’s rest.