Since i was a kid, i always felt as my body was a little incompatible with the "normal life", it happens that i have a sleep-wake cycle of 28 hours instead of 24.
A common person sleeps 8 hours and stay awake for the other 16 hours, but i can stay up 4 hours longer.
It sounds great at first, doesn't it? Actually it is not, as time passed by i realized that sometimes i went to bed at 6 am, waking up at 2pm, and a few days later i was going to bed in the early afternoon.
It kind of messed up my life a bit, school was harder because i was always tired, my father kept bothering me, calling me crazy and telling me to have a normal life. But it was not my fault!
Some time ago i found something really interesting on the Internet. A guide to Polyphasic Sleep, teaching how to actually sleep well.
I made some research and tried to learn a bit more about sleep and how to use Polyphasic Sleep in my favour and i found some good information, of people teaching how to do it, posting about their experiences, giving us tips and stuff. At first i was a bit afraid of trying it, but a couple days ago i started my own schedule of Polyphasic Sleep.
I go to bed at midnight, sleep for 3 hours. Then at 7:40 i take a 20 minutes nap, then after lunch i take my second 20 minutes nap, and another 20 minutes nap 4.5 hours later.
It is working great! i never felt that good sleeping this little. You may be wondering how can i sleep only around 4 hours/day and go on with a normal life. No? Ah, OK. I was going to tell you anyways.
To tell you the secret, i have to quote the guide i read on lifehacks.com
"In the late 30's, a wealthy amateur scientist named Alfred Lee Loomis and his colleagues watched an EEG monitor for brain electrical activity during sleep, and they made a pretty remarkable discovery: there are actually five main parts to each of several phases of sleep. The main stage is called REM, and it is where most of the benefit of sleep comes from[...] You spend only 1-2 hours in REM sleep during any given night, and the rest is wasted[...]
One of the ways to force your brain into REM sleep and skip the other phases is to make it feel exhausted. If you've gone 24 hours without sleep, you might notice that you drift away into dreams straight from being awake. You goes instantly into REM sleep as a protection mechanism. So you have to train your body into entering REM for short periods of time through the day.
This is how Polyphasic Sleep works. "
And that's just a little about Polyphasic Sleep, tomorrow I'll try to post a few schedules you could use.