Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Light, Sweet, Crude

...That's me. ;)

Nothing really new to report, other than that a minor-ish medical procedure I had really wanted to get done before Uberman started has inexorably been postponed until 3 weeks in. The procedure carries a "you might want/need to take it easy for a couple days afterwards" warning, so I'm not sure if it'll throw me off or necessitate extra sleep...I certainly hope not; getting three weeks in and having to readjust would just be cruel. But we'll see; I usually recover like gangbusters from just about everything.

In other news, I'm almost finished with the pre-Uberman testing. My reaction times, visual acuity and anything else I could think of have been ridiculously thoroughly noted. And I'll rely on you all to let me know if my sense of humor gets worse, or something esoteric like that. ;)

-PD

6 Comments:

Anonymous tim said...

Just want to wish you luck on starting Uberman. I'm excited about starting it soon. God knows now how I found out about it but I'm glad I did. I start in two weeks.

Preparation. After reading Steve Pavlina I've decided coffee is a bad thing. I'm hopelessly addicted and I know that it's screwing with my sleep cycle as well as my urinary cycle. Lots of trips to the loo. Not a good image for a big strong man like myself. I also believe caffeine can inhibit the REM sleep cycle. I've had times when I've slept all night exhausted still firing on caffeine and kind of 'hovered' over sleep all night, waking up exhausted and feeling like a truck ran over me. I've cut down now to one or two cups a day. I no longer have a coffee in the morning and never at night. I feel better for it. I used to drink a lot of tea to cut down on the coffee, but it just as bad in quantity.

Living Conditions. I thought I had it bad. You my friend, have some major challenges to overcome. I have my "office" in the bedroom. My wife sleeps with ear plugs already (a long habit of hers to cover the 'ring' in her ears) and she assures me I'll not wake her up. The only thing I will have to do is put up a screen to shield the desk lights. My motivation for doing this is to have more time at my computer learning how to code. I want to learn web programming. I work full time and help with my wife's business and have no time, not even to keep a blog. Sad. I need Uberman. Kudos to you for digging it up from history. I'm amazed at what made you keep going in the beginning not knowing if it would work.

I plan to keep a blog of my experiences (I'll have time to do it!). Can't wait. Your advice and data in this blog has been invaluable for my preparation. Thanks. You rock!

29 June, 2006 12:26  
Blogger PureDoxyk said...

Go, Tim, Go!

Thanks for the compliments. ;) Lord knows this will take a thunderous ego to pull off. Call me Ahab, heh.

To coffee -- Yes, I've been cutting back myself; I'm down to 1-2 cups in the morning, decaf the rest of the time. I did quit coffee to do it last time (though to be fair, I cheated with black tea).

To prep -- Yes, I'll have it rough but hey, at least I have experience, which always helps, even if only a little bit. One thing I wanted to tell you re: coding was, I wouldn't plan to start that project right away, at least not in front of the computer. It'll probably be a little while before you can sit quietly at night without getting dashedly sleepy! (Taking a few books to study with you to the all-night diner is always an option, though -- that's what I did the first time. Nothing like Plato at 4 a.m. to keep you fresh!)

Best of luck and keep in touch! I totally want to know how I goes. I start in just 1 week...::shiver::

PD

29 June, 2006 13:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you detail exactly which tests you took and the raw scores (or percentage change in those scores) that you measure going polyphasic?

I'm thinking of trying this myself, and it would be good to have someone else's scores as a benchmark.

30 June, 2006 17:28  
Blogger PureDoxyk said...

Anon: Yes and no. I'll be posting some data in the blog, but some of the details will wait for the book, when I can compile it and make it pretty, etc. I'll make the book cheap, but I want to take the time and create something people can really use for reference.

30 June, 2006 21:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trying this with a buddy, and I was wondering if you thought it would be a good idea to take some the tests for any reason like, it could warn you if things were going south.

04 July, 2006 19:47  
Blogger PureDoxyk said...

*lol* You Anonymous posters need to leave your initials or a fake sig or something, so I know who I'm replying to!

As to it "going south", well, I haven't yet heard or read of anybody getting ill or injured from doing this (I guess unless you count being so tired in those first days that you walked into a wall or something), so if you're reasonably healthy, I wouldn't bother. (And I didn't, last time.) If you have health issues or some other reason to worry about your body not being able to handle the change, a regular check of the relevant statistic (blood sugar, blood pressure, whatever your issue is) is probably in order.

If you mean "going south" as in you're failing to adjust to the schedule, though, no, testing isn't necessary. You'll know. But you won't fail to adjust if you do it properly--or rather, if you do, it'll be the first time in my experience. AFAIK, people who don't miss naps or oversleep do fine, and vice versa.

If you're just generally worried, well, you have a buddy, which is a fantastic boon. Keep an eye on each other. Expect to look like hell the first week, but expect rapid improvement after that.

Best of luck!
-PD

05 July, 2006 09:18  

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