Siesta sleep log

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This is my personal log after the first week of experimenting with polyphasic sleep. It will give you a basic idea of what to expect, what to avoid, and how you can implement this into your daily schedule. Make sure to read the full post on How to make more time and boost your creativity while sipping mojitos.

Siesta sleep log


siesta from 17:00 to 17:26

4-5 short dreams

easy waking, refreshed, possible sweet spot!

biases: hangover this morning, Mate tea ~30’ before


siesta from 16:14 to 16:40

~2 dreams

woke up rested, starting to wake up without the alarm

a bit dizzy in the evening, but not tired


woke up this morning before the alarm went off, after 6h of sleep

good energy levels during the day

siesta from 18:40 to 19:06

~3 dreams

biases: meal + 1 beer before nap


refreshed in the morning, good energy

even achieved a personal best in the fitness studio

siesta from 18:00 to 18:26

~4 dreams

biases: meal before nap, first day back to work


had a shitty 6 hours of night sleep (sweating, waking up)

felt rested during the whole day

siesta from 16:35 to 16:50 (interrupted! grrr)

still ~3 dreams in 15’ (!)


compensating -15’ of siesta from yesterday with 30’ of extra night sleep worked well, just a bit tired in the morning

siesta from 16:45 to 17:06

~5-6 dreams

dreams were longer, more complex and more peaceful

got into dream phase faster


woke up after 8h of night sleep with no perceived difference

skipped the nap, felt sleepy around 6 PM

19.2.2017: good energy during the day

siesta from 17:00 to 17:26

(forgot to log the number of dreams, my bad)


DO NOT sleep less than 6 hours during the night if you only nap once

sleepy during the day after 5.5 hours of night sleep

siesta from 18:30 to 18:56

~3-4 dreams

first time I felt a bit drowsy after a nap

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8 thoughts on “Siesta sleep log”

  1. “Had a sh**ty six hours of night sleep (sweating, waking up).”

    You sometimes have difficulties sleeping, Doc?

    Here’s your mail for today: 🙂

    “It sometimes seems that our desires to control our minds are met by an inordinate measure of failure. Whether we want to stop a worry, concentrate on a task, go to sleep, escape a bad mood, distract ourselves from pain, be humble, relax, avoid prejudice, or serve yet other mental goals, we find ourselves faltering again and again. Indeed, our attempts at mental control fall short so often that we may stop to wonder . . . whether there is some part of our minds . . . that ironically strives to compel our errors. The theory of ironic processes of mental control makes precisely this claim.
    Ironic process theory holds that processes that undermine the intentional control of mental states are inherent in the very exercise of such control. According to this idea, the ironies of mental life are not just happenstance examples of the frailty of human endeavors but rather are logically entailed by the nature of mental control. The theory says that attempts to influence mental states require monitoring processes that are sensitive to the failure of the attempts and that these processes act subtly yet consistently in a direction precisely opposite the intended control. This means that when efforts to implement the intended mental control are undermined in any way, the monitoring process itself will surface and ironically overwhelm the intended control to yield the opposite of the mental state that is desired.” —Daniel M. Wegner, social psychologist (1948–2013)

    • Hi Postman,
      yes I do sometimes have problems sleeping – I think most people who are responsible for human lives on a daily basis have them. This theory of ironic processes is quite funny, but I’m curious if there is any hard scientific evidence behind it. Could you maybe link some studies on the topic?

    • Seen your response only today (it’s your ‘fault’ that you haven’t replied earlier). Well, the above citation actually is from a research paper or theoretical essay (or whatever it is): Ironic Processes of Mental Control (Wegner, 1994).

      Don’t know about other studies though (that were also not done by Wegner himself). Try doing a bit of online searching:“ironic+process+theory”
      (Google search usually works better than PubMed’s own internal search engine).

      But you probably thought of that yourself. 🙂

    • You know that as a blog owner you can also edit (not just approve/remove) other people’s comments on your blog? I give you the ‘permission’ to do that here, if you will.

      Hmm. It seems that Google search doesn’t return as many results as expected this time. Maybe it’s better to try PubMed’s own search function.

      Have a nice day!

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