… so what, you might say. It was only one hour and this within one full week is acceptable.
No. It is not.
What is the problem, you might ask.
As our bodies need to adapt to the cycle the body has to be trained to use the 20 Minute phases to dissipate the sleep deprivation. It can not be tolerated for the body to think he can just snatch one hour or two when it really get’s hard. This way we will not really adapt.
Because of that we have come up with the two urgent situations and am presenting some examples on how to get along with them:
- The Fallback – Going back to bed right behind a nap whilst because not conscious about what is going on
- The Zombiemode – Vegetating for hours whilst dozing off over and over again which (happens a lot, at does not seem to be so bad, but) can lead to worse things. That’s why it is so dangerous. Letting the Zombie Mode happen and uncontrollably happen can lead to fallback later in the phase.
So how to we encounter these challenges?
Firstly, the fallback:
The main problem here, is that we are not at all aware, what our mood and our status of consciousness will be after waking up, so we have to act upon that. To enable ourselves to make decisions aware of ourselves, the outcomes and also enabling ourselves to execute them ourselves. In the end, it is about remaining in control and not getting hit by a bus unexpectedly.
On the one hand, to force myself to check up on myself we have added a questionnaire which is to fill out right before going to bed. This is checking all alarms, external factors, such as companions and their status of vigilance, and also the time of day in relation to the experience how bad this phase is going to burden me. This questionnaire has to be filled out right before going to bed to make myself aware of what is going on and to force myself to actively take a decision on how to prepare, because as part 2:
I am filling out my To Do Sheet for directly after the Nap, based on the analysis. This will include To Dos related to the areas of:
- Personal Hygiene (which I find very awakening)
- Social Encounters / Activities (e.g. Phone calls to my grandparents or sister)
- Fresh Air (Opening a Window, entering the balcony, leaving the house, different levels basically)
- Project Work (Which will be the area of work I will be facing after the phase to have something to look forward to getting done)
- Energizers (Chewing on an ice-cube can be scheduled for especially hard phases as this BOOSTS you, seriously!)
+ General Things which will obviously be added to the To Do List, such as
- Jump up
- Leave the room
- Turn on some music
The different possibilities to fill these out can be taken from an all over list I am preparing next to that. This way, I will always be preparing a complete and coherent list of To Dos right before bed time. Then, upon waking up, I will force myself to do ALL of them before thinking of anything else. This comes in the hope, that through that I will reach the stage in which I can logically think and make a rational decision upon what to do next.
In conclusion, what we are doing here is the Double Tap! Most of the times, one of these elements would be enough to get myself going. But actually planning it out, what do to, we are forcing ourselves to do the right thing. Just because when actually getting up, we are doing all of these anyway!
Secondly, the Zombiemode
Losing control is the big thread. If this happens we might succeed, we might fail, but we can never be sure. So we better use all the resources we have.
Challenging the Zombiemode requires two main elements:
A) Zombie Awareness (Unrelated Fact: It is Zombie Awareness Month!)
Being aware of our own status and level of consciousness is key. So two controls will be put in place. Firstly, a change of perception has to be made. The body shutting down and getting tires can be viewed as a new set, but also as Feedback (as my flatmate Andy , the man of genius, pointed out). So whenever going like “I just want to sleep” “I feel so bad”, take it not as a status which is carved in stone but as feedback from your body which you can react on. As it is possible to react upon this and to influence it, why not take it as what it is, Feedback regarding your current physical situation. Now the reaction can not only be “I want to sleep”, but way more!
Uh, my body feels bad, maybe…
- Should I take some vitamines to help him – Juice!
- Do I need some fresh air
- Water should also help regenerating
- Sugar pumps our system from time to time, maybe he is lacking that?
There are various possibilities with which we can support our body. Consulting these make it possible for us to react, not just to function or malfunction.
Secondly, the other habitants of the Nightliner should be able to know how to help you and how you are feeling, so we are adding a Sleepiness Scale to the wall of our Office. Showing the complete night in time, every inhabitant has to state his subjective vigilance constantly. This way, the other should become able to determine where he is standing and who has to support who right now and how bad. We want to help each other, so now we start enabling each other even better. In this picture blue was doing pretty good but is now loosing control a bit and green constantly needs help but is getting better overall.
B) Zombie Backup Defense
As every household should work on its zombie defense, we are now printing out all the backup lists of things to do when everything fails.
Some points from the list:
- Chew or suck on ice
- Shower with clothes on
- Leave the house, no matter where to
- Do the shuffle!
- Tend to your plants
- Sing as loud and energetic as you can with the song which is going
Most of these are taken from Puredoxyks Book Ubersleep – Still highly recommended
So when we realize, what is going on, we should react! Now it is made easier for us to do so. The List is printed out and lays all over the apartment (1 in every room).
Thread identified, thread subverted?
This is the plan and this is how it feels, but as we both know for today this was too late. Let us hope this helps us preventing such situations in future. What would be greatly appreciated is if you have anything to add to the presented lists. That would help enormously.
tl;dr: New recommendations: Exactly and versatile plan, what to do after waking up EVERY time and prepare your house and yourself for not being able to decide what to do with printed recommendations and information systems for yourself and your housemates.
Picture Sources: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/31082469/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/gattomimmo/1269272123/ (CC-by-nc-sa)