You might be wondering why I’m still up blogging at such an hour… (It was 2:30am when I started this entry!)
I’ve never really liked going to sleep; it just seems like such a waste of time to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in bed and having a good rest, but the requirement of sleep for supposedly 8 hours a day seems too long. That’s about 1/3 of my day! And of course, often in the weekends I sleep much more than what’s really required…
I know that sleep is essential to our mental and physical well-being, but I recently read about biphasic sleep that cuts my total sleep time to about 6 hours, and can go down from there when this is done long-term. What are the benefits, other than having an extra couple hours during the day? Sleep studies have shown that people who sleep less arrive at REM sleep faster, and therefore sleep more efficiently, so to speak.
I’ve decided to experiment for a few weeks and see how things go. I’ve just completed my first cycle, which was: core sleep at 3-7:30am, then a nap at 4-5:30pm. All cycles are done in 90-minute increments. (I actually slept only till 7 this morning having done the math wrong… Oops!)
Anyway, the photos in this post were taken this morning at my apartment. I rarely have a chance to take my time in the mornings, and the weather happened to be beautiful, so I snapped some images to savor the delicate morning sunshine.
When thinking about writing this, I thought of the song “Softly, as in a Morning Sunshine” by Romberg and Hammerstein. I was introduced to the piece by the amazing jazz ensemble Hiromi’s Sonicbloom. Here they are playing the piece in full live glory!
Happy Year of the Rabbit, and I’ll keep posting updates on this experiment!