On the QS blog we announced a project called Bloodtesters. It was a new type of group experiment that was novel in that it combines group and self-experimentation.
The group part is that we all do the same experiment and then we have a common data set to explore. In this, we all took hourly cholesterol tests from during one day to see if there are any common circadian patterns in cholesterol levels.
The self-experimentation part is that each participant is then free to use that equipment for their own experiment. One person looked at whether eating vegan had an impact on her cholesterol levels. Similarly, another looked at whether starting a new weight training regimen had an effect.
My experiment was to see if there is a circadian pattern that could be seen in 30 hours of cholesterol tests.
I did this in conjunction with what's called the triple chronotherapy protocol for adjusting one's circadian rhythm. This is done by essentially breaking one's circadian rhythm through self-deprivation, then using light therapy and a gradually shifting sleep time to move one's wake cycle to an (usually) earlier time.
So basically I stayed up for 30 hours and took blood tests every hour. It was quite an experience.
This project log will track my progress in analyzing the data from this experience. Stay tuned.