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Polyphasic Sleep: The Uberman

By Edited Aug 26, 2015 0 0

Sleeping 2 Hours per Day

Have you ever wanted more hours in the day to be able to get things done that you felt you couldn’t otherwise? Have you ever dreamed about being able to play with your kids, hang out with your wife, and even get more work done in a day? Nobody, at the end of their life, says that they wished they would’ve spent more time working and less time with their wives and children. Nobody also says that they wish they had worked a lot more. It’s usually the day-to-day bustle that keeps us moving. We feel as though we NEED to work more to pay off our mortgage, child’s education, and the growing grocery bills. But that’s our own fault, isn’t it?

So, what if I told you that you could transcend time and actually stop sleeping? What if you could slow the world down and have the time you needed to do the things that put food on the table and a roof over your head? Would you take me up on this challenge? Well, the whole concept is being tried by thousands of people every year. This idea, or method, is called polyphasic sleep. Let me explain.

Monophasic Sleep

Most of the world sleeps the regular method, 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. 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 get that REM sleep while only sleeping 6 hours? What if you could do it in 4 hours? How about 2 hours of extended sleep? What about 0 hours? Would you try it?

My Thoughts

When I first heard about this method of sleeping, I thought this was crazy talk. But through many different forums and blogs, I’ve discovered that others are doing it quite successfully. Tim Ferriss is the one who introduced me to the idea of sleeping zero hours a night. In his bestselling book, The 4-Hour Body, Tim discusses many different ways to “hack” your body into doing what you want it to do. Some of those things include:

  • Losing 20 lbs in 30 days
  • Losing weight through temperature manipulation
  • 6-minute abs
  • Injury-proofing the body
  • Adding 100 lbs to your bench press
  • Etc.

If any of this sounds interesting, check out 4-Hour Body out on Amazon. I absolutely love the book, besides losing 14 lbs in 5 weeks with no exercise. It’s been amazing. But now you may want to hear how you can feel like you’ve gotten a full night’s rest by sleeping zero hours.

I mean, when I say 0 hours, I don’t mean you don’t nap. That’s the whole jist of this type of method. You simply train your body to jump into REM sleep right away, instead of waiting hours and hours to go through the cycles of sleep. So I’ve decided to try this out sometime very soon. There are different methods you can take if you don’t want to simply jump in head first into the Uberman (the ultimate polyphasic sleep), but you may want to try this just to say you did it. So let’s get into the details of the Uberman.

The Uberman

With the Uberman method, you sleep a combined total of two hours of sleep throughout the day. Yes, I said sleep, but really, is six 20-minute naps really sleep? Well, if you can get your body to automatically enter REM sleep for those 20 minutes, then yes!

The thing about trying to follow this regimen is that you absolutely must follow it to the minute. Because you are erasing the 8 hours per night method of monophasic sleep, you must be extremely rigorous in training your body to follow this pattern. Some great results will happen if you can become Uberman:

  • You’ll gain so much more time during the night (and day) to do all of the things you ever wanted to do
  • You’ll feel energized and receive a sense of clarity of consciousness that many people never experience
  • You’ll never want to go back to sleeping 8 hours a night again
  • You’ll get a shift in the psychological perception of time: the world will slow down and you won’t be in such a hurry as everybody seems to be
  • This is all completely safe for your body and mind

But there is a catch to this type of sleep. Well, a few catches:

  • This requires STRICT dedication in the beginning to adjust to
  • Few people (about 2% who try this) are able to do it because of the other responsibilities of family and work
  • People will think you’re nuts!
  • For the first couple weeks, you will feel completely sleep deprived and groggy (others, beware!)
  • If you miss a nap or are late, you’ll feel tired for days

The Schedule

For the Uberman, and there are other ways to do this, you’ll need to obtain 6 separate naps that are 20 minutes each. Use an alarm if you have to. But the naps will be 4 hours apart. A typical schedule will look like this. Naps are at 12 am, 4 am, 8 am, 12 pm, 4 pm, 8 pm, 12 am, 4 am, 8 am, and on and on. The days begin to blend together and you’ll soon be gaining all that time you’ve missed in the years past.


This path of becoming and Uberman is quite difficult, but may be worth trying if you are looking for many more hours in the day. But if you plan to do it, follow the rules exactly. If you find that this regimen is too crazy for anyone to try, then you might want to try other methods of polyphasic sleep, such as the Everyman sleep method. If you’d like a much more in-depth look into why and how this method works, then pick up the book 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. It’s a great read!



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