Polyphasic Sleep Day 33 to Day 40
I knew this would happen but who can decline a free ticket to a ball at Oxford. I was offered free entry to the Linacre College Ball for 2 hours of work at the Bar. I had never done bar work before, so I was kinda excited about that too. I took my nap before the ball began at 9 pm. The ball was good fun, posh, good food, decent music and nice performers. I was supposed to take a nap again before my shift at midnight at the bar. I missed it. The bar job was much harder than I thought, I had to keep running up stairs to get fresh glasses and refill booze stocks (must’ve made 15 trips in 2 hours!). I enjoyed the work but I was quite exhausted. Right after my shift I had some alcohol and took a nap (on a couch!), but that was the time when I am supposed to take my core sleep. But I wanted to enjoy the ball till the end. It was going to end at 4 am. Somehow I managed to keep myself awake till then and went home. I fell asleep at 4.30 am and got up at 1 pm that day.
Yes, I messed up my nap schedule. But I was feeling perfect, no hangovers as always. I went about my day as usual and forgot to take my afternoon nap! I realised only in the evening that I had messed up for a whole day now. That night I overslept in my core hours instead of 4 hours, I slept for 6 hours. Although, I got back to my nap schedule, I was oversleeping in my core hours or feeling extremely drowsy before core hours. This continued up till this Wednesday, since then I’ve gotten back to the schedule and feel fine now.
I think it was an expensive mistake that I would not like to make again. Nevertheless, I recovered which has been a good learning experience.