Polyphasic Sleep

Starting Sunday, I’m going to attempt to switch to polyphasic sleep.  I’ve heard about it countless times, and it honestly appeals to me.  A lot.

For those of you who don’t know what polyphasic sleep is, it’s essentially changing the sleep schedule from the one long 8 hour sleep period to six intervals of 20 minute naps, which happen every four hours.  To put this into more of a visual, here’s a nice little chart you can look at.

  Now, as you can see, there’s the normal sleep on the left, and the “Uberman” method on the right.  There’s other methods (which involve different nap times, and in some cases, a 2-4 hour sleep at night with fewer naps in the day).  The whole point of this sleep change is not to deprive myself of sleep, but to condition my body to ONLY experience REM sleep.  REM sleep has been known as the only truly necessary portion of the sleep schedule, which is the part of your sleep when you’re dreaming and your brain has the highest amount of activity.

Now, as you can see in the chart above, the sleep time in the polyphasic sleep amounts to only 1/4th of the normal amount of sleep.  That’s two hours total per 24 hours.  The expectation is that after a 1-2 week transition, my body will be fully adjusted to the new sleep method, and I’ll actually be more alert, energetic, and refreshed when it comes to the new change of pace.  Additionally, I’ll have another 6 hours during the day to do whatever the hell I want, which could be a blessing or a curse, I guess I’ll find out.

Anyway, I plan on documenting all of this.  I might push it into another section out of spite, but I do plan on seeing how much entertainment I can get out of this project as a whole.  Wish me luck.

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