After thanking my new friend found in the forests of Northern California, the words he spoke to me about how to polyphasic sleep and what it could do for the amount of time that I had in my day really began to resonate with me. I wondered how often had my sleeping habits kept me from doing anything and everything that I wanted to accomplish during any given time period. How much my lack of sleep during restless nights, and then the grogginess that followed the next day was due to me being a monophasic sleeper.
After a continued amount of research, I discovered that human beings throughout evolution had actually been polyphasic sleepers for much of the time. This alone fascinated me, and wondered how much the change in our current way of life changed the way we began to sleep. After the conversation, it did not take much thought until I decided that I was going to become a polyphasic sleeper.
The uberman schedule ultimately appealed to me highly, and especially after telling me he was a functioning person being on the out of the box schedule, it made me feel more confident about actually being able to adapt my sleeping schedule to do so.
It’s a pretty common sight to see a trucker on the side of the road. Sometimes we are just giving ourselves a break from driving, sometimes we are simply asleep, maybe we had to use the bathroom. Due to this simple fact of the job, the 20 minute naps were easy to find on my way to adapting.
For the first week of the uberman adaptation, I actually just decided that I would start off by sleeping for 20 minute periods every hour for 24 hours straight, until my body was adjusted and realized this was the period it would get to sleep. Those first two days, I hardly had the chance to sleep for the a portion of the 20 minute naps, but after awhile, I came to enjoy the sound of my alarm letting me know it was time to work up, and soon enough, I surely was able to adapt. I went for the uberman 24, to the uberman 18, and then to the 12 in a matter of 2 days, it was actually a fairly quick transition.
I was happy with my 12 naps per day, and it gave me a feeling of over-resting to be honest once I adapted. I stuck around to the uberman 12 schedule for a couple weeks and at that point, my life had already felt like it had changed. I was feeling more rested than ever, and there were way more periods in my day that gave me the chance to do my exploring. I wasn’t ever able to get too too far on explorations since I had to nap so often that it started to take out of my driving time, so I decided I wanted to push myself and get to that uberman 6 schedule and give myself the ultimate freedom that I desired to make the trucking trips a vacation every day. Read more