Originally Posted by David Hausladen
I'm going to take some time and try to find detailed or even semi-detailed logs of successful experiments other than Steve's; I'll post my results here.
Thus far I've found a couple interesting leads:
The first is *The *Transcendental *Wildcard
, a blog by PureDoxyk, the self-proclaimed "polyphasic proselytiser" who posted the Everything2 article
which (Supermemo says
) started the current "polyphasic sleep meme." In college, she and a fellow student followed the Uberman sleep schedule
(six 20-minute naps per day) for six months (she had to abandon it because of a new job). Since July 2006, she's been using what she calls the "Everyman" sleep schedule
(a 3-hour core sleep plus three 20-minute naps).
The second is ubermanschedule.com :: Index
, a small new discussion board for people interested in and currently on the Uberman sleep schedule. I spotted two Uberman sleepers in one of the introduction threads
. I joined up and asked about experiences with the transition to Uberman sleep
, but the thread derailed into mostly advice instead of first-hand accounts. In terms of the advice given, most of it was not new to me, but there were a few surprising insights (for example, one poster recommends exercise to stay awake, where I had thought that would cause problems because of the energy expenditure). On a side note, one of the people who responded said his sleep schedule was "a combination or core sleep and uberman sleep so I still sleep three house at night" (sounds like the Everyman schedule to me).
The administrator of the board mentioned in a recent post
that he may "try enabling some users to have individual blogs that they can use to document their experiences." That could be helpful in my search for first-hand accounts of polyphasic sleep. Also, he mentioned "possibly some articles, links etc. also a Q&A with a Doctor friend of mine who will be able to answer questions from a purely health point of view." That last thing in particular I think would be fascinating to check out. Unfortunately, he says "nothing will happen until the New Year" so we've got a while to wait.