Two years ago in a Google doc titled “JB Mind Hacking Experiments” I wrote, “Still going strong! It’s incredible. I am really grateful for this, actually. Always learning.”
I had been keeping the “Everyman” polyphasic sleep schedule since Jan 2 of that year. I would go to bed at 10 PM, wake up at 1:30 AM, and then take three 20-minute naps throughout the day. With only a few exceptions, that was all the sleep I had been getting for those 25 days. By day 16, I was already writing enthusiastically about “my crazy sleep experiment,” as I referred to it with others: “It’s fricking awesome. Really hard to believe. But I am doing it.” What was so crazy was that I had freed up an extra 4 hours a day to do things like work on an iPhone app I had always wanted to create, read books on a topic that fascinated me, and take online courses from MIT. These weren’t sleep-deprived hours: they were high-energy, highly productive hours.
Since then I’ve found a much better schedule, and armed with almost two years’ experience, I’m ready to share with you how I did it. I honestly don’t know if it will work for you; you’ll have to experiment for yourself. Very little is known scientifically about polyphasic sleep, but there are plenty of good resources out there, including in-depth discussions on Reddit. I will share with you my journey and the key learnings. Since this blog started out with Lucid Dreaming, I will pay homage to the first book I remember reading on the topic called Lucid Dreams in 30 Days with my own blog series “Polyphasic Sleep in 30 Days: The Creative Sleep Program.” I hope it will inspire you to challenge what you know about sleep and the relationship between the mind and the body.
This series will be broken into three main parts: preparation, adaption, and achieving flow. Each phase is critical, and it takes a fair amount of time and willpower to go down this path. Today there is no technology I know of to aid someone in becoming a polyphasic sleeper. Maybe one day there will be, but for now, you will need to harness your inner drive and steel your resolve, for it is NOT for the faint of heart. But on the other side, it is truly life-changing. I will share specifics of how I’ve spent this time that I’ve “bought” with my willpower and relentless experimenting to motivate you and to keep you focused during the preparation and the adaptation phase. Perhaps this new series is not that different from the blog’s original one. The dreams we create and achieve just happen to be when we are awake instead of asleep.