Easier Methods for Polyphasic Sleep
If you’re reading this article because the Uberman was not for you, then I definitely don’t blame you. There are easier ways to receive more hours in a day, then simply going without sleep. Many of us already have children and a 9 to 5 work schedule, so this may not be the best way to get acquainted with different types of polyphasic sleep. But if this is your first time reading either of these articles, then you may want to check out Polyphasic Sleep: The Uberman so that you can see what I mean by the no-sleep schedule. Otherwise, continue reading and we’ll discuss the difference between the normal person’s sleep schedule and the one you might be interested in trying: the Everyman.
Most of the world sleeps a regular technique, the monophasic sleep. This is the process of being awake about 16 hours of the day and taking one single nap during the night, which lasts 8 hours (or at least it should). The 8 hours that one sleeps, you receive about 2 full hours of REM sleep, which is what the body needs to reenergize for the coming day. These phases of REM sleep come and go within 90-minute intervals and gives you the rest you need. This allows you to get the right amount of REM sleep to be able to function properly again the next day.
But what if you could train your body to obtain REM sleep while only sleeping 6 hours of the night? What if you could do it in 4 hours? How about 2 hours of extended sleep? What about 0 hours (that’s the Uberman if you wanted to know)? Would you try it? I certainly am interested.
How I Heard
I recently read one of the #1 New York Times Bestselling books, The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss. This book changed my life in many of ways financially. But I heard he was writing another book titled The 4-Hour Body which I had to check out. So I went to Amazon and ordered the book. Within a couple days it arrived and I sped through that book like it was the last day on earth. What a great read! Not only did the book discuss ways to lose weight without exercising (and I’ve lost 14 lbs to prove it), but he also talks about different methods of gaining muscle, running faster, holding your breath longer, and even being able to “hack” your body so that you only need 2 hours of sleep per night. And thus the article you are reading right now. If you’re interested in checking the book out for yourself, I’d highly suggest finding a deal on Amazon and buying the 4-Hour Body today! It’s well worth the sticker price…and more!
The Everyman Schedule
You may have read my recent article on the Uberman. I would have liked to put all of the Everyman information in that post as well, but it would have been a really really long article that nobody would be interested in. So I’ve divided it up into 2 articles so that you can focus on the method that best fits your situation. I’m not too sure that I’d be able to do the Uberman because of my current schedule with 3 children, a 9-5 job, and all things crazy going on everyday. So I plan on trying the Everyman regimen as soon as I have enough guts to try it. It definitely is not for everybody. I know in my college days it would have been a breeze, but as an older man, it may take a little more motivation to do it.
With the Everyman method, there are actually a couple different ways you could do it. Because it’s not a do or die trial period, you can play with the method that best fits you and your disposition. The are a couple different regimens to follow. Here they are. And remember, everything that I’m writing comes out of the 4-Hour Body, so if you want a more in-depth explanation, get the book.
The Everyman: Siesta
The Siesta is when you obtain your core nap at night for 6 total hours. Then in the middle of the day you’ll need to take one 20-minute nap. After a few weeks, you’ll be a pro at it.
The Everyman: 2-Nap
For this method, you’ll take 2 naps during the day (hence the title), but only sleep 4.5 total hours at night. You’ll want to evenly space the naps apart with the core sleep hours so that you get the perfect amount of rest between awake time. Something like this could be your schedule: core sleep from midnight to 4:30 am, 20-minute nap at noon, and 20-minute nap at 4 pm.
The Everyman: 3-Nap
These become harder and harder for those who have a more rigorous schedule outside of home time. This method consists of you sleeping 3 hours at night and receiving 3 naps during the day. Naps at noon, 4 pm, and 8 pm. Or you could take your naps at 9 am, 1 pm, and 9 pm while your core sleep is from 1 pm to 5 pm. Up to you.
The Everyman: 4-Nap
This method consists of you sleeping only 1.5 hours for your core nap and then obtaining 4 naps throughout the rest of the day. It’s important to space these out.
And then comes the Uberman. But that’s for another article. But for sake of curiosity, this is when you have no core sleep and receive six 20-minute naps spaced evenly throughout each day. Have fun with that!
Again, this is not for everybody. But you may just be curious enough to try it out. If you do, take these precautions:
- Write down your exact sleep schedule
- Never oversleep
- Do NOT skip naps…EVER!
- Conquer the beginning phase and you’ll be golden
The Everyman method will take a few more weeks to get used to simply because your body is not on a “do-or-die” mentally. So it will take a little longer to get used to. It’s really only frustrating to be yawning all of the time. You’ll get past the stage and be doing much more work than you ever dreamed of. Good luck!
If you’re really curious about the information in this article, then you may even want to pick up the book, The 4-Hour Body, by Tim Ferriss. You won’t regret it.