I'm on an Everyman 4.5 sleep cycle since over a month now, only sleeping a total of 5.5 hrs within every 24 hr period. Often it's quite hard to stick to the schedule and I move, skip and retake naps, sometimes I just start napping when I feel tired. Just like yesterday where I went sailing and my nap time fell right in the middle of a 6 hr sailing trip when I was in charge of the spinnaker of a 30 ft yacht going over 7 kts (If you don't understand what I'm saying here: I was carrying quite some responsibility). Anyway, I moved my nap by 4 hrs, getting really tired at my normal nap time, having a hard time to stay awake and focused. In the evening I went swimming and to the sauna with my family, right during my evening nap time. I was so exhausted, I went about 4 hrs early to bed and slept a whole 6 hrs istead of 4.5 hrs. So this morning my schedule was still messed up. Got up 5:30 am instead of 7 am and was tired at 10 am already instead of my usual 1 pm nap time. Then I took a second nap at 2 pm.
And I had an awesome lucid dream! Lucid dreaming means I was aware that I was dreaming. There are tons of different kinds of lucid dreams, which is why I explain a little more what my dream was like. Check out wikipedia for an idea what a lucid dream is. According to other sleephacker's reports lucid dreaming is a side effect of polyphasic sleeping kicking in sooner or later (i.e. Steve Pavlina).
Right now I have contractors in my house, using loud tools, talking etc. and I was afraid I wouldn't even be able to fall asleep, but shortly after I laid down I realized I was in a room which I didn't know but recognized as home. I opened the front door and saw dirty, brown water standing right up to the upper corner of the last step, filling the whole hallway of what seems like a house with multiple flats. A window was open and the water was running out there, preventing the water from raising high enough to get into my flat. That moment I knew I was dreaming: I don't live in a high water area. So I started to test out and control my dream.
Moving was quite easy, I could move swiftly around, not being held back by the water, it even seemed I was walking on the water. Tight spaces were no problem and I could squeeze through the rather small window easily. Later, when I tried to walk up a weird road going straight up a mountain I noticed I couldn't do that. Gravitiy was pulling me down and my feet wouldn't stick to the wall. I could've tried climbing up there, but rather tried other things.
I noticed I didn't feel the water or any other environmental influences, didn't feel wet or cold, but comfortable all the time.
Altering the environment was only possible in the way physics work. I could open doors, touch walls, walk on the ground, break things, move them etc., but I wasn't able i.e. changing the slope of the road going straight up a mountain. This contradicts a little the fact I was able to kind of walk on the water in the beginning. When I realized I couldn't shape the world how I liked it, I tried to get to places I like.
So I kind of teleported myself to different worlds. This worked by turning around a corner or turning around myself, so the place I was at was out of sight for a moment and when I turned back to it it was a different place, or simply going around a house corner and behind there was the middle of a deep forest. I moved to several places but didn't come up with good ideas where to go to or what to do.
Thinking of and letting people appear did not work at all. I tried to think of a couple of people I like to spend my time with and tried to make them appear. No chance. I was alone in this dream the whole time.
Time felt endless. I remember waking up several times before starting to dream because of the contractor's noises. But the again I woke up about 2 minutes before my alarm went off. I guess I had a net dream time of maybe 17 minutes. But the dream felt so long and since I was aware that I'm dreaming and have contractors downstairs, potentially having questions to ask, I started mixing this into my dream. This is where it went downhill.
I got into a state where I thought I was getting up because the contractors were coming up the wooden stairs and I could here their heavy boots. I thought I heard them trying to ask me something but couldn't make out the words, so I tried to wake up to answer that question, but I just couldn't. I turned around in my bed and suddenly was in a bunk of a boat, looking at it's wooden ship's side. Oops, I didn't mean to go there, but I guess I lost focus when I got stressed out about not being able to wake up. Then I saw two contractors coming into my room. One sitting down on my chair, pulling out the power of my computer while it was on (nooo!!!) and saying that he needed something and got it now. The second contractor was talking to me, but again I couldn't make out his words. It seemed to me as if he was asking permission to do things differently than discussed with my mom and divert from the plan. I couldn't allow that and tried to wake up again.
This time it seemed to work and I got up. I was alone in my room and checked on my computer which was untouched. But my chair was missing. Maybe that's what one of the contractors was looking for. I feared they would ruin it with their dirty clothes and I'm not sure what happened right there, but I didn't check for my chair or the contractors. For some reason I must've realized that I was still dreaming. I was wondering how much time passed already and if the contractors left already, making fun about the guy who couldn't wake up anymore. I was sure I spent an hour or more sleeping and dreaming, letting the contractors wait. Then somehow, I managed to finally wake up.
My alarm clock was showing exactly 1 minute when I got up. I was amazed when realizing how little time really passed and what a fascinating dream I head. Although the end of it I panicked a little and was uncomfortable, I decided to get more into lucid dreaming and maybe I can take better control of them in the future.