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Nautical time

Nautical time is a method of timekeeping that was once used on ships. It is very useful to hexaphasic sleepers, as it is divided into 6 watches of four hours each. The watches run as follows:
Number
of bells
Middle
watch
Morning
watch
Forenoon
watch
Afternoon
watch
Dog
watches
First
watch
One bell 0:30 4:30 8:30 12:30 16:30 20:30
Two bells 1:00 5:00 9:00 13:00 17:00 21:00
Three bells 1:30 5:30 9:30 13:30 17:30 21:30
Four bells 2:00 6:00 10:00 14:00 18:00 22:00
Five bells 2:30 6:30 10:30 14:30 18:30 22:30
Six bells 3:00 7:00 11:00 15:00 19:00 23:00
Seven bells 3:30 7:30 11:30 15:30 19:30 23:30
Eight bells 4:00 8:00 12:00 16:00 20:00 0:00

This is also useful because the watches are broken into half-hour bells. So for example, I sleep from 2 bells to 3 bells (ie. at 1, 5, and 9, for half an hour).

If you live on nautical time, you always know how far you are from your naps.

Information simplified for polynapping use; see links below for details

Links

UTC

Once accustomed to polyphasic sleep, days are no longer such a significant defining period. For those who really want to help unify the world in a polyphasic lifestyle, they should continue to use nautical time as their local time, but use UTC (the successor to GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, aka Zulu Time) when they want numbered hours. Unfortunately, this somewhat increases alienation from society, so may be best left until polyphasic sleepers have the rights they deserve.


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