Uptonian Thoughts

Uberman’s Sleep Schedule

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Holy canoodles, how is this for weird?

Monophasic sleep, which is how most people sleep, is divided into five stages. Polyphasic sleep causes the brain to bypass the first 4 - 4 1/2 stages and instead slip almost immediately into a short stage of NREM, followed by a lengthened stage of REM.

The thing is, one only sleeps about two to three hours every 24 hours (six 20 - 30 minute naps a day, which is a nap every four hours.) Even with this reduced total amount of sleep, total REM increases.

Read the Wikipedia entry for more information and this Everything2 article for a few firsthand accounts from people who have converted. This blog is solely dedicated to polyphasic sleep.

I think I like sleeping too much to try it, but it is definitely intriguing.