“It was probably the most productive year of my life.”
– Matt Mullenweg
(Lead developer of Wordpress)
Okay, so everybody can pretty much say that they need more hours in the day. Out society has made it that no longer can you sit idly while Joe Schmoe over here creates a very successful business because he only sleeps 4 hours per night. It used to be that only the male would go out and work (well, after the agrarian age and into the industrial). During the agrarian era, the whole family would work 12 hours in the field: dad and boys would work the fields while mom and girls would cook, sew, and clean the home. Everybody worked so that the family could get by. But back to my point. It was so great when everything was cheap enough that the only person that needed to work was the father. The mother stayed home and took care of the children and the house. I really love that idea.
Nowadays houses and such are pretty expensive. We live in an age where both husband and wife must work to actually be able to earn enough for a large enough home, plenty of food on the table, and enough gas to get to work and back. So our age has changed so that both man and wife must work to have any kind of disposable income, or even to save!
What Can Be Done?
So what can somebody like me do to earn a high enough income to allow my wife to stay home with our three children without having to go out into the real world and work? What can I do to find more hours in the day to create a sustainable income. Because as of right now, I guarantee I’m making less than I’ve ever made in my entire life.
I mean, I could work two full-time jobs and become a zombie. I could work all night long and never see my children except in my half-dazed sleeping mode. What would allow me to find more hours in a day to be able to start a company, work full-time at a job, and let me spend quality time with my family? Wouldn’t you like to be able to have the freedom and time to choose what you’d like to do? Well, I have an option. And it’s not an easy one. So hear me out.
Searching for a Solution
I recently read an amazing book that talks about different ways to “hack” your body, for lack of a better word. The book is titled The 4-Hour Body and the author, Tim Ferriss, is a 2-time New York Times Bestselling author. Once for this book, and the other time, for the book The 4-Hour Workweek. Both are high quality books.
But I found the solution to my problem by reading a section in The 4-Hour Body that talks about “hacking” the way you sleep. The chapter is called Becoming Uberman: Sleeping Less with Polyphasic Sleep. He also talks about ways you can get to sleep faster and have a better night’s sleep in the chapter before, but for this purpose, I want to focus on the Polyphasic Sleep. Tim defines polyphasic sleep as “breaking sleep up into multiple segments so you can perform well with as little as two hours of sleep per day.” In a more recent article I discussed the Uberman and what it is for curiosity sake, but I feel like this may be my jump into one of the options. The other option is the Everyman Polyphasic sleep, which I discussed in yet another article as of late. There’s so much that goes into each that you can’t simply write one post on it all.
In this post I just wanted to let you know where I’m at and what I plan on doing in the next few months so that I can get more hours out of the day. I’m really debating whether to go all out and do the Uberman or to do the Everyman and get more sleep. The problem with doing the Uberman is that it’s extremely intense for the first month and then your body gets used to it. So that makes the Everyman more doable. But the problem with the Everyman is that you don’t get as much time and your body takes much longer to get used to the schedule than it would with the Uberman. You can read why here.
I Need to Decide
I’m going to take a few minutes to decide which one to do, because I really have to choose today and begin this process tonight. Here’s my reasoning why:
- I’m currently on the Slow-Carb Diet that found in the same book, The 4-Hour Body (I’ve lost 15 lbs thus far!) and because tomorrow’s a Saturday on this diet, I get to eat whatever I want; and one of those things that I have to have is energy drinks. This would help me tomorrow stay awake when I need to.
- Tomorrow is also my eldest daughter’s 3rd birthday. This will allow me to better track when I started this “project”.
- I desire to start a couple companies while doing this method and the best way to put the amount of time I need to put in I need to start now.
- I really believe that if I don’t execute soon, I will continue to put it off. Can’t let that happen.
So here’s what I’ve decided to do beginning tonight. During this whole process I’m hoping that I can journal how the process is going; so as of right now, let’s call this part one of My Polyphasic Sleep Project.
I’ve chosen to go through with trying the Uberman. I’m an all or nothing kind of guy. Especially with new things. I either have to go all of the way and see what it’s like or not do it at all. So I’m going to be doing the Uberman for at least one month. And I’ll come back to report how it goes. The hardest part will be to find a closet to sleep in at work. But I don’t think it’ll be too difficult to find one.
Here’s what my schedule will look like for when I’ll be sleeping those 20-minute naps. If you don’t know what I’m talking about by the Uberman, you have to read my article. And if you want tons more information on this method, pick up The 4-Hour Body. It’s really an awesome book, even if just for the read and not the experiments. So here’s when I’ll sleep:
- 2 am
- 6 am
- 10 am
- 2 pm
- 6 pm
- 10 pm
- And on and on and on
The crazy thing is that people tell you who’ve done this that the days begin to blend together and the world slows down because you gain so much time. I really hope this is successful. I’ll let ya know how it goes.
If you want to keep up with all of the sleep logs, here's what I have been through thus far: