Polyphasic Sleep. What is it? Why should I care?
There are hundreds of billions of ad campaigns unleashed on humanity daily across our phones, tablets, smart speakers, TVs, and radios. Almost anything imaginable can be sold or positioned through one of these mediums. Yet, despite all these ads you won’t find one that offers the one thing you want most: time. If I would write an ad for a polyphasic training course it would be this: would you like to buy time?
Time is for sale. Polyphasic sleeping is the product. PS is the term used to describe a pattern of sleeping than involves more than one sleep episode. If you nap every single day then you are technically a polyphasic sleeper. Over 85% of all mammals are PS. We come into the world a PSer. Yet, our society is built around the mantra of sleeping 7 – 8 hours in a mono-phasic block. There is good science available around the harmful effects of sleep deprivation. There is great science around the benefits of sleep (check out Matt Walker’s Why We Sleep). There is very little science around the benefits (or harmful effects) of polyphasic sleeping outside of nap research. We will cover more of this in later posts.
I’ve been polyphasic sleeping for two years now while being a father, a husband, an author, a Director at a large tech company and I can tell you it is life-transforming. I have done things in the last two years I didn’t think were possible given my desire to be a good and present father & husband, maintain friendships, do well at work and still enjoy some loose time for causal reading and watching TV. In the normal schedule, I didn’t have time to take courses with MIT EduX, learn drums, practice piano, write a novel, read dozens of books on a single subject or take a daily nap. With polyphasic sleep, I have essentially created 4 extra hours a day of discretionary time. This is high quality time when I feel intellectually stimulated. It is not sleep deprived time where I don’t feel like doing anything but watching TV.
All this may sound too good to be true. I thought it was until I met someone who had successfully done it at the company where I work. He did it for 4 years at school and had multiple degrees to prove it. He gave me his pointers and instilled in me the confidence it could be done. I want to pass it on to you, my readers. I will begin to blog about polyphasic sleeping as a new core topic to themindhacked.com. I will share stories, tips and tricks and even peak at some of the science that exists to explain the phenomena. I hope you will find this as interesting as I do. If not, you owe it to yourself to at least learn more about a product that you won’t find anywhere else. Thanks for tuning in.