Over the past two days, I have been trying out an experiment in biphasic sleeping. I had hoped to increase my energy during the day, spend more time awake and get up earlier. I had hoped to have better quality sleep. After two days, however, I’ve decided to end this experiment.
Before you judge me, I’ve got a simple and important reason.
I’m a teenager.
It has become apparent that I am one of those people that just needs large amounts of good sleep.
While this is the end result of biphasic sleeping, I do not have the self-discipline or motivation to continue. I knew I would struggle with the adaptation phase, but this morning I slept through my alarm. And this triggered a different alarm in my head. It made me realise I can’t be trying to revise and work if I’m feeling tired all the time.
I can’t hedge my bets that I’ll get used to it, that my body will adapt. I can’t be going to school on Monday feeling as bad as I felt yesterday. I can’t run that risk.
I need to find another solution to my sleeping issues. I’m going to try to get up at 6:30 each morning anyway and go to bed at, say 11pm; I like having time in the morning to get up leisurely. I’ll try to go running every morning, perhaps more exercise will make me sleep better?
To anyone thinking about biphasic sleeping: don’t expect adapting to be easy. I’m sure that it’s fantastic once you’ve adapted, and I will encourage anybody to give it a go. I just don’t have the will or energy to go through this fatigue.
I’m a teenager. I need more sleep than adults. So until I become comfortable on less sleep, I’m going to keep sleeping monophasically.
Perhaps, some time in the future, I will give it another go.
Thanks to everyone who has been interested in this little experiment, and apologies for letting you all down.