posted on Nov, 17 2008 @ 12:25 AM
I have recently read of a system, which when practiced rigorously, almost eliminates the need for sleep, permanently. The difficulty is that it
requires an extremely stable schedule and minimal deviation from the prescribed plan in order to work.
Basically, you sleep for 20 - 30 minutes every four hours, exactly. For the first week or so you suffer symptoms of fatigue and sleep deprivation
since you cannot achieve REM sleep in 20 minutes. However, after about a week, your brain learns to go almost immediately into REM sleep when you lay
down for your nap, and you will start spending the entire 20 minutes in REM sleep. All symptoms of fatigue supposedly disappear once this transition
occurs. There are no known side effects. The result is that you sleep roughly 2 hours a day, nearly 100% REM sleep, so you get your REM quota. And you
gain 6 hours to get things done! The problem is, you have to stay up all night, taking sacrosanct and uninterrupted naps every four hours on the dot,
and this doesn't usually work with families, roommates, jobs, etc.
When my kids leave home I might give this a try. On the other hand, when my kids leave home, I will not need the extra six hours in my day any more,
will I? *Sigh*