As you might have read in my latest post, Uberman Sleep Log – Intro, I’ve decided to go all out and try the Uberman sleep schedule, which was explained in Polyphasic Sleep: The Uberman. This process is basically tricking my brain and body into entering REM sleep for 20-30 minutes every 4 hours of the day. This occurs 6 times throughout a 24-hour period, which makes it between 2 and 3 hours of total sleep per day. And I begin this journey tonight.
This is Day 1 of my experiment with this project. It’s more of a journey for me. I really enjoy hacking my body to do what I want it to do. I’ve tried different diets, different ways to exercise, and now I’m going to play a little with my sleeping pattern. I wish I knew about this method in college. What I would do in college was work at the Coors Brewing Co. from 11 pm to 7:30 am and then go to school from 8 am to about 5 pm; sleep for about 2-3 hours and then to it all over again. It was nuts! I hated it. But if I would’ve known about this type of brain hack, then I would’ve probably felt much better. But then again, I’m not sure if this is really going to work for me. It’s the first time I’ve tried something this crazy.
And so I’m trying to make myself extremely tired before my first nap so that I can fall asleep much faster. I’m not one to fall asleep quickly. It usually takes me a good 45 minutes before I can fall asleep. I’m hoping that changes too. And I don’t necessarily know if I should be calling this Day 1 since I haven’t even taken my first nap yet. But I guess I can call it Day 1 because I feel extremely tired already (that helps me to legitimize it).
So I woke up a little early this morning; about 5 am (which is around 5 hours of sleep last night), and I’m staying up until 2 am so that I can try to fall asleep faster. The hours I’m going for are 2 am, 6 am, 10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, and 10 pm. I will lay down exactly at 2 am tonight and hopefully fall asleep by 2:10 am so that I can wake up to my alarm at 2:30 am, thus being only 20 minutes. My biggest fear is that I’ll turn my alarm off while I’m sleeping. Even if it’s across the room! But I’ll let ya know how Day 2 goes.
As far as what I’m hoping will come out of this:
1. Much more time with my family.
2. Much more work to be done.
3. Better schedule for sleep (even my nights are messed up because one night I’ll sleep 7 hours, the next is 8, and the next is 6).
4. And hopefully I’ve feel great, like this guy’s experience:
“As far as being tired all the time, NO. No no no no. I was much less tired after two or three weeks of this than I have ever been, before or since. For one thing, you're going to bed every four hours, so every time you turn around it's time to go to sleep. And after about three weeks to a month, you won't need an alarm clock anymore either--I used to fall asleep at Noon right in the middle of the quad at school, and my eyes would pop right open exactly 20 minutes later.”
Activities of the Night
Due to the fact that I’ll be having a ton of more time to do things, I should be logging my activities that I participate in at night. I choose “at night” because during the day is pretty easy to explain and won’t really change. So I better explain what will be a consistency during the day first:
- 7 am – Noon (nap at 10 am): This time will consist of me spending all of it with my wife and two daughters (one more on the way). We’ll go for walks, go to the park, and just hang out with each other.
- Noon – 3 pm (nap at 2 pm): This period will be a time that my wife gets me all to herself, unless she wants to read or something; then I’ll work or read myself.
- 3 pm – Midnight (nap at 6 pm and 10 pm): This when I’ll be working as a custodian and finding closets to nap in at 6 and 10. This job is perfect for allowing me to sleep on shift since nobody is around but me.
And when I return home I’ll be participating in the “Activities of the Night”, which I’ll be logging so that you can see what I’ve been up to. It could be anything, from watching video interviews to writing articles to cooking to banging my head against a wall.
I love quotes, so I’ll end with a couple that I’m hoping will keep me going during these first couple of weeks.
”Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence and Determination. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
– Calvin Coolidge
“Do you know that whether a person thinks they can be successful or thinks they can’t, either way they are right.”
– Henry Ford
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
– Andrew Carnegie
“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.”
- Abraham Lincoln
“…self-made men throughout history have made their own way in life by reaching deep inside themselves and through willpower and elbow grease,
creating their own destiny.”
– Adam McKay
“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.”
– Ronald Reagan
If you want to keep up with all of the sleep logs, here's what I have been through thus far: