Anyone have any experience with the Uberman Sleeping Schedule?
For those that don't know, the USS is a technique of sleeping whereby you have a nap lasting only twenty minutes, every four hours. Some of you may recall this popularized - with disastrous results - in an episode of Seinfeld. While alot of what happened in that episode is dramatised, the one thing you do need to keep an eye out for is extreme boredom. There's not enough TV for 22 hours in a day, and even with the internet, study and a part time job, it can still be pretty brutal to find stuff to fill the time. Of course, you get to be awesomely productive, so if you're studying you can pretty much nail everything without any scheduling problems XD
What's not a concern is the health side of things. In-fact, under this schedule, you actually get MORE of the sleep you NEED for mental and physical recovery. This sort of sleep is known as Stage IV REM Sleep, and the average person only gets about 90 minutes of this per good nights sleep; because usually this takes hours to achieve. However, in the adjustment period of USS, your brain realises that you've getting regular sleep afterall, it's just not for very long - so adaptation takes place and you fall asleep like a light and enter Stage IV REM immediately. 20 minutes each time, six times per day? 120 minutes means two full hours of Stage IV REM. Yup. You're getting a BETTER sleep out of this schedule. And you NEVER feel tired until about a minute before nap time when your brain is telling you it's time. A new body clock takes over and you tend to not even need an alarm clock to nap/wake up.
Obviously there are downsides; work for example would mean having a nap before you start at say..9am, and then having one in your lunch break and another when you get home; but that's only two of your six 'segments' of the day taken up. Because you're not then losing eight hours of sleep, it feels like you work and then have a full day off before your next day of work. Some people have mentioned needing to 'name' these in-between days to keep a track of it :3
I'm considering trying it out, seriously! I've got a pretty clear schedule at the moment to go with the frankly hellish two-week adjustment period (of which the first three days is pretty much entirely sleepless), but I reckon the benefits would be great. Especially given I have such a terrible sleeping pattern as it is~