I guess this is SORT of about architecture school. Sort of.
For those of you who didn't immediately recognize that Seinfeld quote, it's from the Friar's Club episode where, among other things, Kramer decides to polyphase. This is the sleep cycle that Da Vinci, Lord Byron, and Thomas Edison were on. There are many variations to it, but the one that is most familiar (and also the most ballsy) is one where you take a thirty minute nap every 4 hours, which amounts to 3 hours of collective sleep in 24 hours. Watching this episode was a dangerous thing for me because I'm known to have a rather potent case of curiosity. You can tell me to not touch something because it's hot and that it'll burn me; I'll have to find out for myself. I'm the kid that stuck a wet finger in a socket.
In my first month of architecture school, I found myself--much like everyone else--needing more hours in a day to really get something done. So I started to polyphase. Most everyone were rather supportive over it but, in retrospect, they were probably a bit scared of me and curious as to see how it would all play out. The first 3 days were okay. I was really committed to the system and napped in between classes under my desk, in the library, on a bench--really anywhere. All was well.
By the end of that week, I was going crazy. I had screwed up many of my naps, oversleeping by a half hour to 2 hours. The articles (okay, BLOG entries) that I've read have said that the first 2-3 weeks will be the adjustment period where your body will get used to the new regime. I expected it to be tough, but not a frothing-at-the-mouth kind of tough.
In the end, I stuck it out for another week or so and then epically failed by sleeping for 30 straight hours. I think my downfall came when I started skipping some of my 30 minute naps and then compounding it to the next. Consistency is key to success in a lot of things, I suppose.
I also suppose that it would surprise you to find out that I've started to polyphase again-- BUT with adjustments. It's really DUOphasing. My day is split in half with two separate naps of three hours, not thirty minutes. 6-9, both am and pm, followed by 9 hours of school/work/eat. It's my 10th day today (tonight?) and it's actually been fantastic. I am still getting 6 hours of sleep a day and I'm awake for long enough before I start to slow down and run on caffeine. I suppose I could still be in the honeymooning phase right now and that everything will start getting blurry and my drawings will start talking to me next week. At which point I will update, but probably after I sleep for thirty hours straight.
But for now, here are some pictures of my sleeping antics from last year. It would be an understatement to say that I am not discerning over where I sleep... but, on second thought, perhaps sleeping in an office chair at Staples was one step too far.