Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Polyphasic sleeping

Well, after a week of this experiment it is in for a little change. When I started this experiment it was for exploration and partly the random need to be different and try new things. Now that I have been doing it for a week, I have some really great reasons. My mental clarity has increased immensely. I have a lot more time in the day to get things done. I wasn't sleeping well at night so I didn't feel rested and my back hurt when I woke up because of so much tossing and turning. Also the extra time at night gave me the isolation time that my personality wants. This made me more friendly and extroverted(relatively) during the day because I filled my needs for solitary and then had increased needs of social interaction.

After much reading, I have come to a few new conclusions.

1) Dr Stampi doesn't recomend the 6x30 sleep pattern for more than 6 months without a recovery period. It is healthy and stable during that time, but it is designed for critical situations.
2) I read that the early mornings from 2-5 would always be a little hard because I am a 'lark' (Classically an early riser also one forwhom super short power naps are easy.)
3) Dr Stampi also believes that 4.5 - 5.5 hours is the healthy long term minimum for most people.
4) I felt a great sleep debt, that although I was still in the adaptation phase, I have an inkling that it won't go away.
4b) People describe tho 6x30 pattern as having no sleep buffer, and that doesn't sound healthy to me long term.
5) Everyone that I read about that continues long term on a polyphasic sleep schedule change to the power naps with a short core sleep of 2-5hrs at night.

(Note: Although I didn't record where each of these ideas came from, all my readings are documented in my public bookmarks.)

So my new goal is to take all the same naps(6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm) that I was taking before to get the mental clarity and sustainable energy benefits and then a 4hr core sleep every night from 1-5am. That will actually give me 6 hours a day of sleep. The naps are pure SWS (slow wave sleep), the most physically restorative. This sounds long term sustainable and not only will I be getting a few(1-2) more hours a day total waking time than normal, many more of those hours will be highly productive because of the naps.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Polyphasic Sleep Schedule

My coworker(Carl Youngblood) mentioned to me a practice called "polyphasic sleeping" recently. The popularized term is "uberman sleep schedule", as popular as it can be. Basically you sleep for 20-25min every 4 hours. The obvious result is that you have 5-7hrs more in the day. Many people also report better energy levels and mental functioning. There is also a psychological effect due to the solitary evenings that can be good or bad depending on your personality. The transition period can last up to 2 weeks if you are doing it mostly right and ranges from rough to hellish. It is basically sleep deprivation until your body modifies your REM cycle. Some people think it works by cutting out the other stages of sleep, however research done by Claudio Stampi and reported in "Why we nap" indicates that our REM cycle adjusts itself to our sleep pattern.

Buckminster Fuller thought that the reason that you can meet your needs this way is that you are constantly refilling your energy needs such that it doesn't take as long to recharge.

I have been following this schedule since Tues Dec 12. Last night(Wed-Thur) and yesterday(Thurs) were very hard. Although my body still has a lot of adjusting to do I have found lots of good tips and I seem to be understanding my sleeping needs in the new context.

The hardest part of the whole process for me was maintaining my commitment when it seemed so difficult and I didn't know if it was going to turn out beneficial or even healthy. The next hardest part is of course keeping your eyes open when they are lead and your brain isn't functioning. That isn't to say I haven't had any difficulties. I have had problems with body temperature and digestion that are somewhat common during the transition period.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Large scale support on a budget

There is a really good article on Slashdot about supporting a large client base with a small staff. The comments vary from really good business procedures to great desktop automation techniques.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Rental Advertising

We found that putting the ad in the newspaper is really important in a metro area and pays you back big time in getting tenants in there quicker. In the college town near by (Provo, UT) we got most of our applications from people who saw the sign out front and on the web. There was no need to put it inn the newspaper. I think that is an interesting comment on where younger people go for information.

It is interesting for me to learn about how to communicate with people. Marketing takes on a new perspective when it leaves the classroom.

Open Management Consortium

An article by Tim O'Reilly on O'Reilly Radar back in July and recently gotten some new traffic, including me. Althought there are a lot of components for a systems management infrastructure, it is true that nice drop-in apps are still coming along. One great resource I have found is the Open Management Consortium. The members all have open source offerings and they are some really awsome apps (if operations is your thing).

Now if I just had a need for all these cool toys.


We got tenants for downstairs. We had three applications. It was great. The first one was a Korean family with a dad and two teenage daughters that didn't have enought income. We think they even overstated what they put on their application because the employers told us their hours and wages. The next in line was a BYU student couple. They want to refinish the cabinets because their brother is a cabinet maker and they don't like the current look of them. We are going to work something out later, but for now we have a contract and a deposit. If they had fallen through we still had another young couple, I'm not sure if they were students, and seemed to meet the requirements. It was really nice to not have to make any exceptions on our requirements this time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Utah Apartment Association

Tonight we (my wife and I) went to the Property Management 101 class by the Utah Apartment Association. It was wonderfull and gave us both a lot of tips and pointers. I wish we had known about it before we started with rental properties. When we bought our properties, all the sellers were people that didn't know what they were doing and owned only the one property. This last property we bought from a small managment company that belonged to the Association and that is how we found out about them.