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.
Once I started cutting out the naps, and I was down to a nap every 4 hours that seemed to fully replenish my energy, you would not believe how far my explorations took me. I would normally work for the first 16 hours of every day, taking my naps, eating, reading, and using the bathroom throughout, and it would ultimately garner me about 14 hours of work per day, and then gave me the freedom of a large 10 hour chunk per day that gave me the ability to have an insane amount of free time every single day.
Since I usually only needed to take two more naps during this period, on my explorations, I usually would be able to brink a small blanket, stuff it in my backpack, and easily find a place along wherever I was going to take a 20 minute nap. Just like the man I saw in the forests of Northern California who shared this with me, I found myself sleeping on forest floors, rocks, benches, and even the occasional tree once I got my nifty hammock that I could attach just about anywhere.
With 22 awake hours everyday, I don’t think people realize how much they are really sleeping until they get the shock of having so much more time in their day that the uberman 6 gets you. I know many people who sleep 10 hours a night, and right now, I am getting about 8 more hours awake per day to do whatever I want. I’ve heard from the occasional sleeping blog that people who are on the uberman schedule get bored because there is too much time to fill in their waking hours and they ultimately relapse, so my biggest recommendation to anyone who is beginning to create a schedule like this in their lives is that they know every single day what the list is of the things that they want to do that will fill up each and every day, and always have a longer list of backup plans. If you plan out what you are going to do everyday, there should never be any reason for boredom.