Our expert says:
Gosh, to be honest, I don't know. And I suspect there isn't a clear answer from any sleep researh norm similar sources. We know a reasonable amount about ordinary sleep rhythms, and about the effects of shift work --- but that would be like working job 1 for a month then switching to job 2 for a month. Not this complex and shifting range of times of wake and sleep. I doubt whether such situations are predictable to a useful degree.
I hope by the way, you have discussed all this with a sensible financial consultant and with the banks and whoever you owe the money to, as they should be more accomodating knowing you have a plan to pay tghem back, rather than pushing you too hard with the risk of your crumbling and no longer being able to pay back anything.
Overall, it would seem likely to be best to sleep through most of the available time on Saturday. There's hardly anything useful to do with extra waking hours between those shifts.
What we know about how sleep patterns work is not likely to inform these decisions about rapidly shifting sleep /wake times.
From my own experience as a junior doctorm in the UK< working extremely long shifts ( every second weekend going on duty at 8 am Friday right through till 5 on the Monday evening ) I know how hard the exhaustion can be. There are problems such as your being an unreliable driver during the waking periods, and subject to microsleeps ( very brief, but potentially risk episodes of plunging into deep sleep during waking times, without necessarily noticing the gap ).
Presumably you have a highly reliable alarm clock ! Because at times you could be in such a very deep phase of sleep when you need to rise, that one could sleep through a ringing alarm.
I'd wonder about the short gap on Sunday between 2 and 4.30 am. My experience was mixed. Sometimes a very short nap like an hour left me waking feeling even more tired and knackered than if I didn't go to sleep at all ; but sometimes 2 hours can be usefully refreshing.
I think I know enough to say we truly don't know.
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