Months of investigation, hours of dreaming and scheming...and two weeks of annual leave from work. That's what it took for my first attempt to get off the ground. I can honestly say that from the first moment I started investigating the Uberman sleep schedule, there was no doubt in my mind that I would try it, and very little doubt that I would succeed. I was half right, as it turned out.
I decided to keep a diary, something that most people who attempt the uberman seem to do. At the time, I didn't know if this would be for posterity, or to chart my progress into insanity, but it was a very useful thing to have done. It helped me to see how far I had come while doing the adaptation, as well as to keep minor slip up's in proportion when I was going through the dark times. It also helps when writing an article, of course.
Unbeknown to me at the time, my diary would also serve as an informative record for the second time I would try to adapt to the Uberman (that time successfully), and highlight just how individual and variable a process it can be. The next few pages have extracts from that diary (unaltered), as well as my thoughts while re-reading these entries with the benefit of hindsight.
The Uberman plan was very simple: sleep for 20 - 25 minutes every four hours during a 24 hour period (six short naps). After seven days or so, I expected my mind and body to be forced into adapting to this new sleeping regime, and take the sleep it required from the 2 hours a day I was giving it. This is what actually happened: