Apologies for two posts in a row, but the word count would max out so…...
Getting back to the topic of sleep.
In my experience I used to sleep an average of 7-8 hours per night, for say…. at least the last fifteen years.
I first experimented with Polyphasic sleep about seven years ago, I was unemployed at the time, and could basically sleep whenever I wanted to. I succeeded in being able to sleep whenever I wanted, and improving teh quality of my sleep, which was thanks to learning AUTOGENIC exercises.
Anyway, I never went more than about three sleep sessions in any twenty four hours. My CONSCIOUS AIM was to improve the quality of my sleep, and to be able to go to sleep easily, whenever and wherever I wanted to. It was never my intention to go for the UBER man sleep cycle, although I may give it a go in the future just to see what I can learn from it.
I DO NOT recommend most people try the Uber man sleep pattern, as it can be quite dangerous if you have no background in Meditation, that is mind-body-awareness training.
Last year I read the Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Body book and was reminded of Polyphasic sleep cycling (rather than the Monophasic pattern, mono=one, so one BLOCK of sleep) and immediately decided to try out the methods again, seeing as I had intended to get back to learning more about Poly.
I decided to start by moving from 8 hours per night, to seven hours per night, with a half hour nap in the evening.
Only, I didn’t bother with the naps, as I felt fine each day, drove to work safely, walked up the seven flights of stairs, did my usual walks an excercises with no difference whatsoever.
So I dropped down to 6 hours after a week or two and started doing the half hour naps at night.
My naps were not “all the way asleep”. Often I lie down for 30 minutes with my ipod and listen to an audio program, that is spoken word, audiobook, something inspiring preferably, where the author has a soft even voice (slow tempo). I will usually still be aware of my surroundings, and could talk to someone if they asked me a question.
Anyhow, other times I’ll be in a deeper nap, of have some lucid dreams, where I am awake (beta) but also dreaming in Alpha. During this state your dreams are more interesting imo, because you consciously control what happens, and can change what is happening if you like.
Anyhow, I PROGRESSIVELY decreased the amount of sleep down to my current 4.5 hour block, with a 30-60 min nap in the evening, or afternoon if I have the day off work. During my naps I can get up at any time because I retain the “everday awake” Beta awareness. Beta is what you would be in now if you are rading this. You cycle through alpha /theta / delta /gamma / beta during sleep and WHILE YOU ARE AWAKE every day.
When you daydream and are not aware of time, you are in usually in Alpha.
Anyway, I hope this gives some basic info for people. I urge anyoen SERIOUS about improving the quality of their sleep, and ther performance of their training
(I currently go to a weekly Yoga class, a Tai Chi class, and once or twice to the gym, current focus on strength training with some kettlebell training, deadlift (crossfit style, thanks to my local crossfit/MMA gym, those guys really helped improve my lift, technique and posture). I also work in a factory where I walk (and run*) up and down a seven story buildiing in 40-55 celcius heat in summer, and it is 30 celsius in the winter.
*The running part I do in the morning, to warm up, it is NOT part of my job, and most people (smokers all) think I am crazy for doing it.
I also do some daily calisthenics (bodyweight only) push-ups, free squats, handstand, handstand pushups, AND go for a one hour walk most days.
I also previously studied Tae-kwon-do and Ju-jitsu fo several years, and know what it is like to have painful joints when you exercise and train poorly.
Sometimes I do interval hill sprints (forwards and backwards), but less of that lately to focus on strength training.
I know what it is like to be tired, sick, not recover well etc, so I am always learning and I HATE when injuries take too long to heal. I used to wonder whether I could keep exercising at the same intensity, recover properly after lifting, drive safely to work (it used to be 45 min drive each way, but now it is only ten minutes seeing as I moved closer to work), carry on a lucid conversation and pay attention to people, go shopping etc, WITHOUT getting patches of ‘BLAH’, where you zone out in a sleep deprived state, and ducntion poorly.
Well I wonder no longer.
You CAN sleep less, do more, recover properly when you train yourself to get the best quality sleep possible.
I do recommend that people get serious injuries sleep more, and if you are not heling properly after weights etc then you probably need more sleep. but you can still break your sleep cycle in half, or a third and get better results (better sleep) without changing how much you sleep.
I’m motivated to be in the best possible health, so I keep reading and studying and finding WHAT WORKS. In sleep, meditation, martial arts, lifting, walking, runing