Have you ever wondered how much sleep you actually need in one day? I’m sure a few of you have, especially in the mornings after all-nighter study sessions when you feel like a god, because you haven’t crashed yet from all the caffeine you’ve been drinking. Well, to tell you the truth, there is actually a way by which you only need 2 hours of sleep a day – and the best thing about it is you aren’t going to feel like crap at all.
With all the productivity hacks that is lighting the internet on fire as of late, it’s time for a hack that instead of allowing you to do more at the same time, will actually give you more awake time to do more.
Have you ever heard of the Uberman Sleep cycle? It’s basically intermittent sleeping, but the science behind it is amazing! The concept basically revolves all around the amount of REM sleep you get in a day. For those of you who don’t know, REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is the deepest stage of sleep which actually recovers your body and gives you that whole rested feeling at the end of the day.
During our normal 8-hour sleep, we go through 4 different stages of sleep, each stage lasting a good amount. This means that you actually only get a little over an hour of REM sleep per night. And those nights where you feel like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed… it’s because you woke up with insufficient REM sleep.
The Uberman Sleep Cycle takes this concept and gives it an extreme bare bones approach. You are going to deprive your body of sleep for a few days, taking quick 20-minute power naps every 3 hours. That’s a total of 2 hours of sleep every day.
In the beginning, you are literally going to feel like a walking zombie. You are incredibly sleep deprived and this will last for around a week. But after that is when things start to get very interesting. Your body starts to pick up on what you are doing, and every time you go to sleep, you are immediately plunged into REM sleep, bypassing all other stages. Meaning, in a single day, you’re actually getting 2 full hours (or more!) of REM sleep, giving you the best sleep of your life.
Of course, it’s difficult for most people… but if you’re working freelance, or pursuing an entrepreneurial startup, squeezing every hour out of every day becomes necessary. Now you know how!