I always hear people saying, "there just aren't enough hours in the day"! Really? I think if people knew just how long a day really lasts, they'd never dare say that ever again. It's just that people don't know how to make use of the time that they have available to them.
All too often I get over excited and launch into a tirade about how wonderful polyphasic sleeping and the Uberman schedule are, and then stop mid flow at the looks of bewilderment on the other persons face, because for better or worse, not many people know what these terms mean. People don't realise, for example that we don't necessarily require eight hours of sleep every night to function well. Or that we can use up to 22 hours of every day, and feel fantastic.
Yes, but "science says..."; I know what science says. Science doesn't really help us when it comes to polyphasic sleep, however, because "science" doesn't really know (and isn't really investigating). Although the main stream establishment does agree that people require 6-8 hours of sleep a night, there is compelling research which also shows that there are, lets say, ways around this.
Lets start with a few definitions of what polyphasic, monophasic and Uberman sleep is all about.
Monophasic sleep - This refers to one long period of sleep (normally 6-8 hours) taken in one go. Most of the world uses this method of sleeping (though not babies - who are naturally polyphasic until trained otherwise).
Polyphasic sleep - the concept of breaking up one long period of sleep into a series of naps with differing lengths, taken throughout the day, rather than in one go. Types of polyphasic sleep include Siestas (also known as Biphasic), Uberman, Everyman and Dymaxion.
Uberman - A polyphasic sleeping routine in which the traditional 6-8 hour sleep used in Monophasic sleep is divided and replaced by six naps of 20-30 minutes, taken every 4 hours throughout the day. This results in just two hours of sleep per 24 hour period (or 22 hours of waking time)