Thursday, January 10, 2008

Not Enough Minutes in a Day...

Did you ever wish you had just two more seconds/minutes/hours/days,etc to get done all you want/need to do in your life?

Fret no longer,dear reader-thanks to Wired Magazine (via ETP buddy Dan Taylor ) there IS a solution!

How to: Sleep Two Hours a Day

Don't waste time snoozing the night away. Turn your waking day into a 22-hour party by getting your shut-eye polyphasically — in a few quick bursts. Studies by the Chronobiology Research Institute show that for those on round-the-clock schedules — sailors, astronauts, gamers — it's more effective to recharge in short stints. For survival, the brain will eventually adapt by entering the REM state much faster. The cumulative result: a higher percentage of the best kind of z's.

The most time-efficient strategy, dubbed the überman (what else?), calls for a 20-minute nap every four hours. (Warning: The long-term side effects are unknown. But with only two hours of sleep a day, you'll have plenty of time to worry about it.) Here are three tips for streamlining your sleep regime: 1) Invest in an office couch. You'll need to zonk at least twice during an eight-hour workday. 2) Use an alarm (or three). Oversleeping will turn you into a zombie. 3) Stick it out. The first seven days of deprivation will be sheer misery, but stay on track. Once you start dreaming during naps — a sign you've hit REM — you'll begin to feel better.

— — Mathew Honan

1 comment:

Holger Haase said...

Would love to try it out. Only thing is that the moment I go out and have a few bevvies, the sleep rythm will be screwed up again. LOL