I Decided to Sleep for 4 Hours a Day, See What Happened

[Music] so check this out what happened when I decided to sleep for four hours a day so do you ever think about how cool it would be if there were more hours in a day you could easily have time for everything work hobbies friends and family or just lazing around doing nothing at all but enough dreaming let’s get back to reality the only way to make it happen is by sleeping less but would then actually work without turning you into a tired grouch well Brightside spoke to a man who one day decided that sleeping is for the weak and adjusted his daily routine to leave only two to four hours for sleep and here’s what he said where did the idea come from rumor has it that great minds like leonardo da vinci Nikola Tesla Salvador Dali and a whole slew of other geniuses of the like practice so-called polyphasic sleep which mean they slept for only about one to four hours a day in a nutshell polyphasic sleep is a sleep pattern where you drastically cut your bed time during the night and add a couple of twenty to thirty minute naps throughout the day it sounds a bit crazy but in the end you’ll wind up with a few additional days every week plus the most crucial stage of sleep known as rapid eye movement sleep lasts exactly 20 to 30 minutes and this is the peak time for your brain to recharge and de-stress just like many other people I’m pretty much always short of time every month I decide that I want to start going to the pool regularly but instead I go home lie down and binge on another YouTube marathon I’m usually late for meetings and I procrastinate all my important tasks until the next day so at one point I decided that enough is enough and the time has come to try polyphasic sleep [Music] before we go any further you should know that polyphasic sleep has a couple of possible schedules to pick from if you want to try it you can choose between five standard ones or from those practice by history’s finest like Winston Churchill who slept for six and a half hours a day or Nikola Tesla who preferred to leave two hours and 20 minutes for snoozing you can also do what I did and make up your own schedule there are also different online time schedule calculators that can help you with that so my final sleep schedule consisted of four hours of sleep at night and two twenty five minutes sleep breaks during the day when after lunch and the other after my work chef here’s how the next couple of days win day one the experiment started out fantastically to be honest I went to bed at 1:30 a.m. and woke up at 5:30 I had plenty of extra time before work so I finally did all the housework and made it to-do list for the entire week to keep up with the schedule I brought a sleep mask and earplugs to work after lunch I just found a quiet place to really relax and try to fall asleep I tried the same thing at home but I couldn’t fall asleep within 25 minutes well I guess that’ll change in the next few days day two before I started this experiment I had talked to a couple of people that tried it and managed to master this type of sleeping pattern they warned me that it takes several weeks to get used to it until then especially for the first two weeks you basically feel like a zombie and this is exactly what happened to me on day two I was incredibly tired and emotionally drained day 3 at this point there was no today or tomorrow all the days turned into one big blur but I was finally able to fall asleep during like 25-minute breaks however I didn’t feel any better after them every now and then I thought to myself why on earth am I doing this I should just go to bed it took a lot of effort in willpower to overcome this rough patch and continue the experiment day four the blurry state of mind became almost a norm for me if someone started to talk to me I just stood there and stared blankly ahead of me it took too much energy for me to keep up a conversation or even simply reply to questions I spend most of my time staring off into space my appearance also changed in the first four days and definitely not for the better I looked way paler and my eyes were constantly bloodshot with dark circles under them maybe the worst is over and it’s going to get better from here day five I started getting a little accustomed to my new sleep schedule as soon as they close my eyes for a 25-minute nap I could immediately enter deep sleep I even woke up earlier than I needed to and still felt a bit rested I also had a lot of free time at night so I decided to read more books and watch more documentaries that’s how I found out about a tribe in Brazil called the piryohae people in this tribe never fully sleep they just take 20-minute naps leaning back against a tree from time to time they believe that when you sleep for too long you become less and less yourself that’s some deep introspective stuff right plus they don’t like sleeping in general so that helps day six and seven I finally got fully used to polyphasic sleep almost every time I woke up from my naps I felt like I had been sleeping for a solid few hours instead of just 25 minutes mental blocks and cloudiness completely vanished and my work capacity went back to normal I managed to do more than I had ever imagined I could I was reading books and watching movies every evening and I was able to stop drinking coffee entirely not to mention I started going to the pool with long-last so I’m back on track days eight through ten my creativity and stamina improves significantly due to the fact that I could properly recharge my brain in time and regain my strength after the afternoon nap it felt like a whole day had gone by and I was able to find the best solution to a problem I couldn’t figure out earlier all of the obvious signs of my exhaustion had disappeared – and my complexion went back to how it was before my experiment continued to give some great results I felt all right and was more productive than ever days 11 through 14 at this point I decided not to stick to any certain sleeping schedule and just let my body decide for itself when the best time to rest was and I felt really comfortable this way I also pushed myself a little to know more about my limits so I kept sleeping less and less through the night it turned out that two and a half hours of nighttime sleep is enough for me if I have my daytime naps if I want to sleep even less at night I should just add one more sleep break and that’s it that’s basically how I do it now the pros and cons of polyphasic sleep [Music] number one productivity I managed to knock out my entire days to-do list before lunchtime if this isn’t the goal then I don’t know what is it’s become way easier to solve any problems and complete all my castes number two no more alarm clocks I’ve started to notice that I wake up before the alarm clock even rings and I don’t feel so grumpy about it either I’m just ready to hop up and get things done number three healthy food it was hard to fall asleep on a full stomach so during my experiment I ate mostly light meals and natural foods the result was obvious the feeling of heaviness in my stomach disappeared I became more active and I even saved some cash it was definitely worth it number four more exercise and books with less time spent sleeping I had more time to develop myself both physically and mentally I’ve read all the books I wanted to and I started going to the gym in the swimming pool all this has resulted in me getting sick less often and feeling much more robust Kahn’s number one days turn into one big blur we’re all used to thinking of days as a series of dusts and Dawn’s but with polyphasic sleep the days all become an endless time stream dusk and dawn are just signals for people to fall asleep or to wake up and nothing more number two no more partying I think I entered a serious more mentally mature phase of my life during this experiment from that time on there were no go hard or go home parties or nights out with friends and don’t even get me started on alcohol it ruins the whole schedule I guess productivity requires sacrifices number three health-wise it’s not for everybody in the beginning of the experiment the drastic changes in your sleep are very hard for your nervous and circulatory systems so be careful do your research and learn more about this topic before you start my thoughts after the experiment if your life is like one big to-do list that you just can’t seem to keep up with then polyphasic sleep is probably for you all jokes aside I definitely became more productive and I have a lot of spare time that allows me to do everything I want and even more on the other hand it can be difficult since the whole world is on a completely different regimen your friends and family might think it’s weird when you tell them you can’t go out with them or ask them to pause a movie so you can take a nap in any case it’s your choice to make just do your homework first and then go for it if this sort of dramatic change isn’t for you don’t worry there are still lots of things you can do to improve your productivity first of all when you’re trying to get something done turn off your phone it might sound a bit silly but your phone is a huge distraction you’ll reply to one message here read some news there and within a few minutes you’re on Instagram checking out celebrity profiles or on Twitter debating some new topic just put it down or turn on airplane mode trust us your level of productivity will definitely increase secondly stop waiting for the perfect moment if you want to do something just do it all the obstacles and roadblocks are in your head in real life it doesn’t matter whether you start something on Monday or Thursday what really matters is how much you’ve worked on it another thing is a messy workplace you won’t ever be able to do something quickly if your workplace isn’t tidy it just takes more time to find things and stresses you out even more so clean it all up and learn to keep it that way it’s no surprise that people you surround yourself with make a huge difference to try to steer clear from negative nancies and Debbie downers you won’t get any good energy or inspiration from people who are always depressed for the sake of being depressed they’ll instead just criticize all your ideas and make you doubt yourself and finally learn to say no it’s a magical word that everyone should know don’t overload yourself with too many tasks some of which you don’t even care about value your time and spend it on stuff that makes you happy and exciting do you have any tips of your own on how to be more productive tell us in the comment section below don’t forget to hit the like button and share this video with all of your friends maybe you’ll find someone that would like to try a polyphasic sleep schedule with you subscribe to our Channel [Music]

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