The start of my official attempt to function on a 48 hour sleep cycle.
I have a history of hypersomnia, but over the summer my sleep cycle shortened and shifted around a lot, probably in reaction to my new meds. By the time the school year started, I was back to sleeping until noon, and I've missed several classes already. Tuesday night, however, I stayed up late partying with friends, and by the time I tried going to sleep at around five in the morning, I just couldn't get there. I lay in bed waiting for sleep to claim me, and it never came. Finally, at nine or so, I got up, took a shower, and got breakfast. I made it to all my classes that day. No sudden crash, no undue tiredness. I stayed up until midnight or later.
So, tonight, I am attempting to go without sleep. If all goes well, I shall have a productive night, an early morning, and make it through all my classes. And continue the same cycle for the rest of the year.
Update: Well, that didn't work. I got bored and decided to take a nap. I woke up a few times throughout the night, each time more tired than the last, and continued to reset my alarm for later and later, until I finally just gave up and slept through class. This was failtacular, but did help prove my theory that sleeping makes me more, not less, tired. Not sleeping on days I need to wake up for class definitely looks like the best way to do it.