This section details which products are useful to get for particular lifestyles in order to help with polyphasic adaptations. The products will all include which situational uses they are good for, and their estimated value compared to price indicated with the words “terrible”, “bad”, “good” or “very good”.
Alarms go hand in hand with ensuring success with a polyphasic schedule. It is strongly recommended to have multiple devices with multiple alarms (since relying on a single alarm usually doesn’t end well) go off at various times, preferably after 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes after waking up. Scattering around extra alarms throughout the day, and certainly during the predicted hard times, is also a good idea. You can try having the first alarm be some upbeat music that makes sure you wake up with the feeling of being able to do anything!
Again, it is imperative to use more than one device, since if that device fails you likely won’t get up. This page has examples of useful alarm devices that should help you wake up. The software section has several alarm applications that can also be used.
The best alarm to use would be a human alarm, so asking a family member is a good option in that regard. It is still a good idea to go for a loud alarm, as it can wake the human up, who in turn can wake you up if you somehow sleep through the alarm.
In case you live in a house with several people, whom you do not want to wake up, getting a silent alarm (and a loud alarm as a backup) is the way to go! Here is a list of a few silent alarms and how to use them. It is good to note that it is very likely that you will become immune to these on extreme schedules, but by having several alarms that you rotate, or when not doing extreme schedules, you should be woken up by them just fine!
|Comment||Put this under your pillow and it’ll vibrate your head so you wake up. Will likely work best with hard mattresses and pillows. You can also get a wristband with a pocket and put it in there; the wristband it comes with is unfortunately garbage. It does vibrate hard!|
|Comment||Use this plugged into a lamp to turn on at the exact time the alarm goes off. That way, you’ll wake up to a lit up room. It makes it very easy to get out of bed, but make sure this does not disrupt your circadian rhythm. If this is used during the dark period using a red light bulb is the way to go.|
Alternatively you can also use it to power on something that makes sound (blender, etc) however then it’s no longer silent.Make sure you get the right plug for your region!
|Conclusion||Better programmability than most alternatives, cheaper than a smartswitch.|
Tp-Link Smart Plug (paid link)
|Comment||Useful for the same things as the timer, except that it’s more easily controlled. Also it enables smart devices to turn on your waking method, including NMO support.|
For just slightly more money than a plain timer, it’s often an interesting upgrade.
|Conclusion||Great programmability, integrates with smart home. More options than timer for slightly more money.|
I’ve used one to power on a stroboscope and blender next to my bed, connected to NMO. It’s an amazingly effective alarm solution when used in such a way. For less extreme schedules more gentle options can be used, and if you no longer need odd alarm solutions, it’s got plenty of other uses around the house as well.
-Jelte1234, used for 1y+
Pavlok shock clock (paid link)
|Comment||A somewhat expensive silent alarm that either vibrates or shocks you to wake you up. People have learned to become immune against it’s shocks on hard schedules, so having other alarms as backup is also wise. Also, there have been some issues reported with the reliability of the bluetooth connection it relies on.|
|Conclusion||Connection iffy, but if it works, it works.|
Sonic Bomb (paid link)
|Comment||This has been used by the polyphasic sleep community for a long time. It is very loud, so prioritize it or use as a backup alarm according to how you want to use it.|
Depending on your personal situation different headphones can suit your needs. They can be used as silent alarms by utilizing a “headphones-only” function of alarm applications, and can also be used to emit brown, white or pink noise to fall asleep faster. Wireless headphones are recommended over corded ones, since they ensure a lack of discomfort from a loose cord wrapped around one’s neck, and are also safer for that reason.
Set a regular alarm for a minute later, to prevent not waking up if you accidentally dislodge the headphones.
Skullcandy uproar (paid link)
|Comment||A very cheap pair of bluetooth headphones that provide a good sound quality. The long battery life is a big plus.|
Special adaptation tools
The following products are useful for the adaptation process itself. While most of them aren’t necessary it is still recommended to consider getting the ones suited for your personal situation. Not every single one of these products can help everyone, as many are situational, but do consider if some of them could be useful for your particular case!
Sleep Eye Mask (paid link)
A sleeping mask, useful when sleeping in a bright environment.
|Comment||A sleeping mask, useful when sleeping in a bright environment.|
TOPLUS yoga mat (paid link)
|Comment||This is great for napping on-the-go! It is very light weight, and can just be rolled out anywhere in order to ensure a comfortable napping spot (but not too comfortable; don’t want to accidentally oversleep).|
|Conclusion||Not the cheapest, but nice.|
Laser eye goggles (paid link)
Determine whether the filtering glasses you are using are doing their job sufficiently by using our light filtering calculator!
|Comment||These should be worn during the dark period to ensure a stable and healthy circadian rhythm, see “lifestyle considerations” for more info. If this particular pair doesn’t suit you, it is important to go for a pair that blocks >99% of all light from the 400-530 nm wavelengths. These glasses are the most popular solution for managing the circadian rhythm and dark period in the community.|
Sleeping with these on is very possible (and useful for sleeping with a chance for sunlight to hit your eyes). If you normally wear glasses buy two of these, remove the glass part from the frames of one of them and place between your glasses and face. The other pair can be worn in situations where you don’t use your prescription glasses. It is also possible to tape the red laser goggles to the frame of your glasses, but this doesn’t apply for all types of glasses.
Red light bulbs (paid link)
|Comment||Can be used as an alternative to the laser goggles if you find using them is too much of a hassle. This requires you to have a complete blockage of sunlight in your house, and you won’t be able to go outside during your dark period. If you use a computer during the dark period it should have some red-tinting programs in use.|
EU-standard sizes are E27 for large bulbs, and E14 for smaller bulbs. Make sure you get the right size and voltage for your region.
Daylight lamp (paid link)
|Comment||Daylight lamps are used to set the circadian morning. This is useful for people living further from the equator during the winter, or for people who have a really early core. Use according to the instructions.|
They can also be useful if you feel down in winter; also known as “SAD” (Seasonal Affective Disorder)If you don’t go for this particular model you should get a pair that produces 10 000 lux. Use according to its instructions.
Information regarding which sleep trackers the community recommends can be found in this page.
Main author: Crimson
Page last updated: 27 March 2020