strange facts about sleeping that i have discovered after years of research as a nocturnal being:
1) staying up for 24 hours straight is hard.
2) 24-28 hours is really hard
3) 28-48 is relatively easy, compared to that 4-8 hour stretch in there
4) 1.5 hours of sleep every 10-12 hours can be maintained for days
5) REM Cycle alarms are very useful (i've written a few for VB.NET)
6) powernapping (davinci's method) is only useful if you're not active
As a main form of sleep, on #6.
i often need to stay awake for many hours on end, and until provigil (or an alternate form) becomes Over the counter, these have helped me to stay up. I've found that drinking coffee at the 16 to 18 hour mark (around a half a pot or 4-6 cups) makes it impossible to sleep at the 22-26 hour mark; even if you really want to. but it does make you very tired at 20-24 hours, which sucks.
i haven't been able to willfully stay awake longer than 52 hours straight, and i'm unwilling to use illegal or otherwise unscrupulously attained drugs to attempt longer periods - but provigil supposedly will be a boon to people like myself
They promise 8 hours of sleep for every 48 hours awake is all you need. Airline pilots are the biggest users of this from what i hear. The side effects are minor, and the 8 hours leaves you completely refreshed.
Eventually i hope to be able to just avoid sleep altogether, and instead use a series of staggered naps (like davinci but more like 90 minutes) permanently.
Any thoughts? how would exersize affect sleeping/napping schedules?
for the record i hate the word "powernapping"
Oh and about the REM cycle alarm:
It's set up for me (hardcoded but it wouldn't be hard to make it adjsutable) of 15 minutes downtime before arming, and then you input how many REM cycles you want to get OR what time you HAVE to be up by. it has 2 buttons, a reset timer, and a "shut off alarm". it also plays MP3s, which was the reason i wrote it to begin with.
So it's 4 am, you have to be up by 11 AM at the latest, you set it to 11, hit "start", tuck in to bed, and 15 minutes later it arms, going off at 10:15, after you've had 4 full REM cycles. This system is amazing for maximizing the amount of sleep you get proportional to how tired you feel.
I want to patent a version that has breathing monitoring as part of the system, and also as a stand alone unit. it could do it based on motion in the bed, because at least Myself and everyone i've ever slept with shakes quasi-violently right before they're fully asleep. I'd say arm it then with a 5 minute countdown (just in case) and then start the 90 minute cycles. Breathing would be harder to implement, but also harder to copy, as the software to do it would be fairly complex.