Six Months on Everyman – Updated!

I'm updating this post, because it's the most-viewed polyphasic sleep post on this site, so it deserves to have the best possible information.  As of this update, I've been on Everyman as my regular, most-of-the-time sleeping schedule for the last seven years.  Updates are in italics, and thanks for reading!

Okay, the 6-month goodness has arrived. *Yaaaaaay!*

I'm going to tackle this in three parts: Comparing Everyman sleep schedules with monophasic sleep, comparing Everyman with Uberman, and discussing how Everyman reacts to special circumstances.

Everyman vs. Monophasic

I'd say "this one's a lay-down", but then I'd have to watch my back for Pun Assassins for a while, and I hate doing that. So I'll just say that wow, did the Everyman schedule improve my previously-monophasic life.

The obvious benefit is that I only have to sleep a maximum of 4 hours per day now. That's half of what I got before, and less than half of what I needed, since on a monophasic schedule it takes nine hours' sleep for me to be rested. Like most working people, I rarely got more than 7-8 hours' sleep, meaning I was usually tired, and would often make horribly dramatic lamentations in the middle of the day about how I would kill somebody for a nap. I can't even begin to describe how nice it is to have that gone.

Also, as I've mentioned elsewhere, I have a history of chiropractic problems. Not terrible ones, but enough that, after a "normal" night's sleep, my neck is all kinky and grindy and nasty, like some unholy Clive Barker corridor of agony connecting my throbbing head and my pissed-off body. What I mean to say is, mornings can suck when you have computer-neck. ;) However, no amount of 3-hour cores and 20-minute naps has ever hurt my neck, except occasionally when I screwed up and slept wrong in my car. It's been a long time since that happened, though.

When I wrote about the transition from monophasic to Uberman, I also talked about how I'd had a bunch of sleep-disorders that were cured by polyphasic sleeping. This was utterly true, and very amazing, and I stand by it, though this time I didn't have any real (i.e. diagnoseable) sleeping-problems when I started.

There have been peripheral benefits to Everyman as well. They include:
– Being a night owl and an early-riser, both of which I enjoy;
– Having time for hobbies and fun things that I wouldn't otherwise have;
– Similar to the above, being able to play with my daughter in the evenings, rather than worrying about doing my schoolwork or something else;
– Having some time alone, in a very cramped apartment when I wouldn't otherwise be able to be by myself;
– Getting breaks during my work-day to chill, and to break up the day so it doesn't seem crushingly long. (Similar benefit as "smoke breaks", but without the smoke, and friendlier to the workday since I know roughly when, and exactly how many and for how long, I should take them.) I work an extra hour to make up for this time, and nobody (nobody in power, anyway) complains.

Life has changed a lot in seven years, but those benefits are still true.  I no longer have neck problems thanks to my internal martial arts practice, though.  \o/

Everyman vs. Uberman

I don't think I can call one better than the other. I really enjoyed the Uberman sleep schedule when I had it, and I really enjoy Everyman now that I have it. I did attempt to adopt the Uberman schedule first, when I did this experiment — I spent ten days trying to adjust and failing, always because something work/kid/life-related would get in the way of a nap somehow. As many people know, this is devastating when adapting to Uberman — the adaptation phase needs at least 2 weeks of perfect or near-perfect adherence to the schedule so that it can "stick". Without that time, your brain won't adjust, and you'll be zombie-tired pretty much continuously, which is what I experienced.

(FYI, the "six months" counter is based on the first day I did the Everyman schedule; it excludes the preceeding almost-two-weeks that I was trying to adjust to an Uberman schedule.)

The biggest difference between a nap-only (equiphasic) and a core-nap (non-equiphasic) schedule, between Uberman and Everyman, is flexibility. Uberman is minimally flexible. It's not flexible at all for the first month; any variations in the schedule during that time are setbacks, and are going to extend the adaptation period. Sucky but true. And even after adaptation, your naps are pretty set in stone. You can move them, gradually, like Steve Pavlina did, to space them a little closer at night and/or a little farther during the day, but this is less than ideal in terms of feeling rested and having an easy time keeping your schedule. Similarly, if you have to miss a nap, or move one more than a few minutes, you're looking at at least 24 hours before you recover completely. (In my Uberman days, I remarked that missing a nap made me about as tired, for about as long, as missing an entire night's sleep did on a monophasic schedule.)

Everyman is much, much more forgiving. The core nap reduces the number of daytime naps you need, in proportion to its length, at a rate of about 1 nap per 1 hour's core nap. (i.e. I take a 3-hour core, and I need 3 naps during the day, as opposed to 6 naps when taking no core. A 1.5 hour core requires 4-5 naps, depending on the person, and a 4-hour core requires 2 naps from me, though other people have told me they can do it with one.) Also, on Everyman, naps can be taken anywhere within an hour before or after the intended time with no apparent negative effects, compared to a half-hour or less of leeway with Uberman.

Note that Uberman gives you a total of 2 hours' sleep in a 24-hour period, and all the permutations of Everyman which are known to work give about 4 hours' sleep. The reason for the difference is simply that napping is a more efficient way to sleep. (I can't back that scientifically, but I can sure as heck back it experientially, and there's plenty more sources of corroborating data besides me.) The 20-minute nap seems to be the most efficient length of time for a person to sleep — there have been many attempts to use longer or shorter naps in a polyphasic schedule, but to my knowledge, 15 minutes is the minimum useful time and 30 minutes is the max, though few people have succeeded with actually sleeping 30 minutes — that schedule seems to work far better when it's actually 25 minutes or less of sleep. Naps of longer than 30 minutes behave like cores — i.e. they are restful and have psychological value, but are no longer as efficient as naps.

I've run into quite a few people who successfully used 30 minute naps, now; though several of them have reported back that my advice to try a shorter nap was helpful, too.  Furthermore, it's inaccurate when I say that "all the permutations of Everyman which are known to work give about 4 hours' sleep" — plenty of people are biphasic, getting 5-6 hours per night.  Duh.  ;)

Another major difference between the two is that Everyman's adjustment period is quite a bit easier than Uberman's, lacking the couple days of extreme sleep-deprivation that make it difficult for many people to get through. In compensation, though, Everyman's adjustment period is longer, and trickier, since it takes more attention and modification to get the sleep-times and durations just right. It took me a good month to get the hang of when I should put my core and naps to get the best results, and during that whole time I was sleep-deprived, though no more so than I would have been after getting, say, 6 hours' sleep on a monophasic schedule. It's possible that one might pick an Everyman schedule, say, 3 hours' sleep at 1 a.m. and three naps at 9, 2, and 9 (that's my schedule currently), and simply have it work "out of the box", but that's very rare. Usually there are periods of tiredness at first with Everyman, and adjustments are required to make the schedule fit your individual — what's the word? — idiom. ;) …By contrast, Uberman usually does work "out of the box", as long as "the box" is six 15-25 minute naps, spaced at regular (preferably equal, four-hour) intervals throughout a day. Once the (in Uberman's case, very difficult) adjustment period is over, the schedule becomes easy, and tiredness is generally eliminated entirely.

Other differences between Everyman and Uberman include:
– The sense of time-dilation, and the tendency to lose track of days, is more pronounced with Uberman;
– The "altered consciousness" effect or feeling of moving very quickly compared to the rest of the world is also more pronounced with Uberman;
– The tendency to experience physical changes, such as increased or decreased appetite, is more pronounced with Uberman;
– Re-adapting to Everyman after a forced change in schedule appears to be easier than doing so with Uberman.

I've since discovered that if I only take two naps, I really prefer a four-and-a-half-hour core nap.  However, on 3 naps, my ideal core nap is also 3.25h, so it's quite possible that these variations are artifacts of my individuality.  

Other Notes and Special Circumstances

This is just a place for additional things I've learned about Everyman that might be useful to people.

Being sick:  Any sickness will usually require a hiatus from polyphasic sleeping. When sick, the body needs long periods of rest / immobility; this gives the immune system the time and energy it needs to function at full capacity. By all accounts, being sick on Uberman means basically starting over, especially if it throws off your schedule for more than a day. I've now been sick on Everyman twice (once is right now, actually), both times with colds, and being well-versed in health matters, I didn't even try to sleep any less than my body wanted. This usually results in one or more long sleeps — Last night I crashed out for seven hours. However, Everyman is relatively easy to pick back up, especially if care is taken to keep taking the short naps on schedule (anyway, frequent short naps are also probably good for you, if you're sick).

Also thanks to martial arts, and some other changes I talk about here, I haven't been sick at all, not even with a cold, for the last two years.  It's worth adding that one of the ways I avoid sickness is to deliberately sleep a ton as soon as I notice any symptoms, such as a sore throat or low-grade fever.  Most of the time, I will sleep a solid 6-8 hours right then, and sometimes take a core-length nap again a bit later; and once or twice, I slept that hard again on a second day.  Sleep, it seems, works not just to cure illness, but if you wield it right, also to prevent sickness!

Missing naps:  Bar none the best thing to do if a nap is missed, on either type of polyphasic schedule, whether you're adjusted yet or not, is to keep going as though nothing happened. You will be a bit tired for a while, but after one or two regular naps, you'll feel better. Trying to compensate for missed naps is a surefire way to knock yourself even more off-track.

Sleep deprivation: I'm working on putting the best possible info on sleep dep that I can into the book I'm writing on polyphasic sleep. However, I thought it was important to point out these few things now, for people who may be considering adopting Everyman or Uberman: Sleep dep by itself will not kill you or cause permanent damage. Make sure you're getting enough water. Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery while sleep-deprived, even if you think you can. Stay away from alcohol and other drugs, especially while trying to adapt to a sleep schedule; they'll only impair your progress. If you stick like glue to your schedule, the sleep deprivation will not last more than a week. If you make mistakes, it will. So hate it all you want (I'll be the first to say it's not pleasant), but use your dislike of it to fuel your conviction to stick to the schedule so it's over quicker.

Fortunately, I DID say a lot more about this in the book.  ;)  

…And that's it, I suppose.

I should sum up by saying that after six months, I'm quite pleased with Everyman as a polyphasic schedule. It's not as cool or as fun as Uberman in my opinion, but it has some degree of the major benefits and it fits in with my lifestyle, which I don't have the option of changing for a while (say, another thirteen years or so… ;). While Uberman is awesome for people who can rewrite their lifestyles around their desired sleep schedule, Everyman is definitely a promising solution for the rest of us who aren't satisfied with monophasic sleep. Yay!

Sincerely,

PureDoxyk

And after seven years, I'm STILL quite pleased with Everyman.  I've learned a ton more about it, and had the opportunity to have many enlightening conversations about it with other people; and to sum it up, I'd have to say that I think it's one of the better things I've ever discovered, and it's made my life better in many ways that I'm very grateful for.  <3 for the naps!

About puredoxyk

Word addict, kungfu/taiji nut and lifelong autohacker ... successful Ubersleeper, shoeless winters, medication-free anti-depressants, and as many hobbies as the world will let me pry into its piddly fourth dimension ... give me vitality or give me death!
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33 Responses to Six Months on Everyman – Updated!

  1. Charly says:

    Just realised yo uhad a section that dealt with my pattern sorry. Will continue searching for more info throughout the night (now available to me :)

  2. Charly says:

    Hi!
    I have recently been staying up late at night and decided it was a good opportunity to start polyphasic sleeping..
    I read about this in university but didnt have enough breaks to take my naps. Now it is possible so I’ve been on Everyman for 2 days now and would like to know whether anyone had managed to get rid of the clocks entirely (once used to the pattern) and if so, how?

    In addition, I know that I usually need 9 good hours sleep to be rested (which accounts to 6 or 7 REM’s I think) so I decided to take 4 naps per day and the normal 3 hour core sleep (from 5 till 8 am) then 4 hours wake, nap, 4 hours, nap, 4hours, nap, 3.5hours, nap, 3.5hours and core sleep again.
    I haven’t done much research on all of this before getting into it so maybe there is something wrong with 4 naps which I ignore..
    Has anyone tried?
    Please enlighten me.

    Thanks,
    Charly

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  4. prassolov says:

    Hello.
    I have been on the Uberman sleep schedule for two days now. I am 16 (almost 17). I’m starting not from monophasic, but from an attempt at Everyman that I botched because a fire alarm woke me during my core nap and my sleep schedule was messed up completely (giving me a fresh start that I decided to exploit).

    I just wanted to ask: I don’t get the naps spaced equally, but within reasonable limits and consistently (more precisely, 00:00 – 00:20; 04:00 – 04:20; 07:20 – 07:40; 12: 00 – 12:20; 16:00 – 16:20; 19:40 – 20:00, for a schedule of 4h -> 3.3h -> 4.7h -> 4h -> 3.7h -> 4.3h). I do this because my preexisting schedule is very inflexible but very predictable.

    As far as being 16–we don’t know what could be the long term effects, but I am willing to venture into these waters to find out.

  5. Richard Smith says:

    I’m 15 and unlike the other dude i can fall asleep faster than you can blink. i’ve adapted to the everyman during school and Uberman during breaks and summer :P I know french and Italian… and on the honor roll. Just like Leonardo da Vinci i’ve been criticized about my “disorder” but people cant argue with my intellect. but i cant workout much or it just smashes my schedule( any way to work around this?).
    The level of alertness is insane for me people call me paranoid . My friends wanna become disordered like me… i tell them no. To stop authority intervention( to cure it ). one question how damaging can it be at my age? there are no answers to that. g2g sleep time

    • puredoxyk says:

      There are no answers to how damaging it can be at your age, which is the reason I don’t recommend it — you only get one shot at growth and development. But there are people with extreme lifestyle needs that must be balanced against the risks. If you decide that you need the schedule — you certainly seem to get good use out of it — I would at least make sure you’re getting regular medical checkups and eating really well.

      As for working out, how much do you need to do? You sound like the type that might overdo it just ‘cuz. ;) Restrictive sleep schedules and muscle-building or high-end athletic regimes don’t seem to sit well together, but you should be able to work out well a few times a week with no trouble, as far as I know. You might need to move your workout times to when you wake versus before you sleep, and you may need to spend more time physically resting (i.e. reclining or sitting) in order to make up for the “horizontal time” you’re not getting for muscle repair. If that still doesn’t work, you may need to eat more, especially more protein, in order to support your exercise. (To be honest, I didn’t work out at all when I was your age, and I was in great shape just from walking everywhere and running around. The problem really might be that you don’t need to be working out, so it’s overkill and it’s exhausting you.)

      Luck!
      PD

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  7. puredoxyk says:

    Hi Ross,
    I wish I could, but in my experience there’s never been a polyphasic schedule that could go all day at a 9-5 job without a nap. On 1.5 hours’ sleep at night, you need 4-5 naps, and on 3 hours’ nightly sleep you need about 3 naps. But there’s no way to space either 3 or 4 naps so that none of them happen during the workday, that either myself or anyone I’ve talked to has discovered. If it’s really not possible for you to catch a nap during the day (be creative and see if you can think of something; one of my friends walks across the street from work to sleep in the library on her lunch hour!) — then by my reckoning it seems like a polyphasic schedule just won’t work for you right now. If you decide to experiment and see if you can figure something out, make sure to do as much research as you can on the schedules that do work, and get as close to one of them as possible.

    Luck!
    PD

  8. Ross says:

    Can someone devise me an everyman timetable which utilizes a 2 hour core and 25 minute naps to fit in with a 9-5 job? Thanks

  9. Greg says:

    Just started the everyman today, thanks for the great blog and inspiration. I’m psyched for the extra hours. I do have a question.

    I meditate between 1.5 and 2.5 hours a day(am hoping to increase that time on everyman), and find that when my monophasic sleep is under 8 hours a day, I’ll often fight sleep or just fall asleep during it (It’s done in a reclining chair but with my head up, so you can see it would be very easy for a sleepy person to doze off but the goal is concentrated lucidity).

    Now I’ve read that once my body adjusts completely, I will feel very alert between naps. How long does it take before that alertness sets in fully so that I won’t have to worry about messing up my sleep pattern with drowsy meditations?

    Also, can anyone confirm the alertness level after the schedule has set in and the time period involved? For instance if you lay down and closed your eyes to relax between nap times would you stay awake?

    Thanks in advance!

  10. David Scott says:

    Thanks for the input Boz. I recently tried Everyman, and although I really like the idea, the thought of being completely unable to work on my projects for a week got me really depressed, which was a huge boon considering the extra 5 hours or so a day I had.

    I was wondering though, has anyone ever tried a more gradual approach to this sleep cycle? i.e. has anyone been able to adjust over the course of a few months?

    I was thinking of adjusting it so that in the beginning I will still be getting 6 hours of sleep a day. Instead of a 3 hour core with 3 30 minute powernaps I’ll simply do a 4.5 hour core with 3 30 minute power naps. Perhaps next month I’ll shorten the core down to 3 hours since I’ll be used to the naps and I assume they’ll have more of a positive effect then just expecting to immediately adjust to falling asleep at 12:30pm etc. I did mostly fall asleep however.

    Also, when you finish adjusting to one of these sleep cycles, are you truly at a level of mental faculty that is comparable to or better than before? My creativity, logical ability, and memory are all extremely important to me. I was somewhat worried that I would spend a week in a wrecked state only to arrive at a point where I was just coping with sleep deprivation. Does it feel like you are just coping with sleep deprivation after the adjustment, or does it honestly feel like you are living to your fullest for between 22-18 hours a day?

  11. Boz says:

    Yes, you definitely can mix n match those two. I remember doing Uberman every work day and then slipping in an Everyman for the weekend. Just don’t overdo it, because when you crash, it will be sudden, unexpected and hard.

  12. David Scott says:

    Hey everybody,

    I have been interested in polyphasic sleeping cycles for a while now, considering it would give me time to finish my major and read on the side. Uberman sounds great, but it doesn’t seem realistic, especially when compared to the upsides of Everyman (flexibility in sickness, ability to drink a beer or coffee, which is wholly American, ability to work for 8 hours straight, all of which are wholly American ;) )

    So I guess I am wondering the following: is there a way to combine the two so Everyman can be an Uberman? I.e. can you take a three hour nap on an Uberman schedule and then skip a nap later to get an 8 hour stretch without wrecking your energy/schedule? I don’t know if anyone here has tried this, but I would really love the extra hour a day on Uberman. Thanks!

  13. Zach says:

    Hello,

    I was curious if you have continued your Everyman Schedule, and if so, if there was anything new to report from the long-term experience that was not discussed in the six month discussion?

    Thanks in advance,
    Zach

    • puredoxyk says:

      Well, it’s been two years since then, and with the exception of very short breaks due to illness, I’ve been on Everyman the whole time. I do post about anything new I’ve thought of or experienced as it happens, so it’s hard to give you an “everything since then” link; but you can search by category from the site’s homepage. If you search for “polyphsic” using the drop-down box, all the posts that have updates should appear, in reverse chronological order.

      Hope that’s helpful!
      pd

    • puredoxyk says:

      Well, it’s been two years since then, and with the exception of very short breaks due to illness, I’ve been on Everyman the whole time. I do post about anything new I’ve thought of or experienced as it happens, so it’s hard to give you an “everything since then” link; but you can search by category from the site’s homepage. If you search for “polyphasic” using the drop-down box, all the posts that have updates should appear, in reverse chronological order.

      Hope that’s helpful!
      pd

  14. Adam says:

    I am thinking about starting with the Everyman schedule. I have a question about your ability to nap. Do you find that you are able to nap anywhere, or only in dark quiet places? I currently take a train and shuttle to work, so I could easily slip a 20 minute nap in there.

  15. Chris says:

    Hello there,

    A friend and I have just started the Everyman sleep schedule and therefore launched a blog that you’ll try to keep up to date. Anyways, here’s the link: http://everymansleeper.blogspot.com

    See you around, I’ll be sleeping only between 4a.m. and 7a.m. (GMT+1) with three 30minute naps during the day.

  16. Brice says:

    Very great experience, I did Uberman Sleep Schedule one year ago while two months (holidays :) ). I have to say: try it, and if you want more personnalised advices, go to the google’ s polyphasic sleep forum. Have a good night all (even if I know night and day are now only ideas).

  17. puredoxyk says:

    Eric — I can see using natural cues *in addition to* clocks working, but for most people, keeping the naps on-time even with the help of several clocks is difficult enough, so I can’t imagine that taking the clocks out altogether would work!

    Thanks!
    PD

  18. Eric says:

    For nap timings, I’ve had some luck using natural cues (sunrise and sunset), rather than clock times. Timing a nap so that you wake up at daybreak makes for a much easier wake up, and getting the core sleep at sundown feels more natural than responding to a number.

  19. yair says:

    Hey there!

    Thanks for the very informative site!

    I was reading a lot about polynapping and started to seriously consider the “Uberman” schedule. after reading your blog I’m thinking that everyman should be much easier to implement into my daily routine and yet still have some of the benefits..
    I ‘d be very grateful if you could answer a few questions:

    1. from what I’ve read “Uberman” forces your body to get a full cycle in a 20 minutes nap, while everyman gets you sleep deprived enough to train your mind to get a full cycle of sleep in 20 minutes(according to a study done by Dr. Claudio Stampi)..
    does it mean the powernaps of the “everyman” method are less effective? (which of the 4 levels of sleep do you get to on the “everyman” naps?)

    2. For me, one of the cons of choosing Uberman was that I wasn’t sure you get to those stages of sleep required for muscle regeneration and body healing…do you think you solve that problem if you go for “everyman” with a 3 hours core sleep?

    3. Since we want to aim for full cycles on the “core sleep” should you add a few extra minutes “buffer zone” for the time needed to fall asleep? (i.e.: what would be better – waking up before the end of the sleep cycle while you are on the REM stage, or wake up at the beginning of the next cycle when you are on stages 1/2 of sleep?)

    5. Is it easier to adapt to the Uberman schedule after you adapt to the “everyman” schedule?

    4. I don’t consume caffeine (no tea or coffee) but I do eat raw cacao/dark chocolate quiet often…is there enough caffeine in it to disturb the sleep?

    5. Do you get those lucid and vivid dreams Steve was getting on his naps?

    6. Are you still on the everyman schedule? For how long now?

    I’d greatly appreciate your reply – the list of questions became longer than expected (:

    Cheers!

    Yair

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  21. puredoxyk says:

    Hi Moloch:

    Unfortunately, no-one here can give you direct advice, because you’re underage (and not by a little bit, either), and if you use our advice to hurt yourself, we could be held liable for that. And for the record, I don’t disagree with the fact that we could be held liable for it, either. Knowingly persuading anybody else’s kids of anything without their approval is not in any way an acceptable thing for adults to do to each other.

    I am really sorry about your sleeping troubles, and certainly you shouldn’t just be sitting back and doing nothing about them. It’s awesome that you’ve already thought of staying away from LCDs. It’s things like *that* that you need to be researching, not alternative sleep schedules. I wouldn’t recommend polyphasic for an adult in your situation either, because you’re not on a healthy schedule to begin with. I’d tell you to look into your diet (how much sugar and caffeine you get, specifically; and checking for other allergies, like a wheat or gluten allergy, if needed). Also pay attention to the rest of your sleep habits, and your usual stress-levels at certain times of day. If you want to discuss sleeping pills, you absolutely need to do that with your doctor; those things aren’t healthy even if you’re full grown and Hercules! …In fact, a good naturopathic or other non-drug-happy doctor might be a good person to ask about remedies, period. There are good, mildly sedative herbal teas, plus loads of other stuff that can be tried. And, especially at your age when you *need* this sleep; you can’t replace it; you need to do whatever you can to *fix the problem* so you can get the sleep. Not, (at least not until darn near everything else has been tried) figure out a way to survive on less sleep.

    That’s my $0.02, but sadly I run the site, so that’ll be the only $0.02 you’ll be getting. I am terribly sorry about that; it’s just bad luck and nobody’s fault that we can’t help you more directly. Best of luck to you.

    -PD

  22. Moloch says:

    Renegade:

    I am also a teenager — turned 15 a few days ago — but I’m sort of hesitant about starting a polyphasic sleep schedule. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep, and normally only get about 5 hours of sleep a night. I’m worried this is affecting my health aversely, specifically preventing me from growing any taller. I’ve already tried not using the computer or any other type of LCD screen a few hours before bed as to not negatively affect my melatonin levels, but to no avail.

    I’d appreciate if anybody could give me some advice on adopting the Everyman schedule at this age. I could very easily pull it off, but 4 hours a day is a far cry from the 8-9 hours recommended for my age. But, fuck, it’s not like I’m getting much more sleep than that anyway. I want to know if adopting a polyphasic sleep schedule or taking sleeping pills is the proper solution.

    Thanks in advance! Great blog, by the way.

  23. Hans says:

    Fine site….

    many inspirations…

    … I will shurely realize Everyman for stepping into a “longer day”, that contains much more time for all I want to manifest in my life.

    … thanks for all informations and many Greetings from Germany,

    Hans

  24. Renegade says:

    I plan to try for one month the Uberman sleep schedule over the summer. Hopefully, I will be able to start the Everyman schedule at school and sleep during studyhall. This is all completely possible or not. I’m still only 13 and vegetarian.

    I might be starting it today, which all depends on whether or not school has half days.

    I know you are writing a book. Maybe I could benefit you from my personal experiences?

    Only if you want…

    if you would like my personal experience then you have my email

  25. Boz says:

    I’ve been using Uberman for about 15-18 days now. Can’t say for sure, since I didn’t care to note the date, and counting days on Uberman is difficult, as we all know. So far it’s been quite successfull, except for me having to fight off oversleeping a few times. It’s my cell phone’s fault, sometimes it’s alarm isn’t audible, and that costs me 2-3 hours of my life. I always try to keep to my schedule, and just ignore any missed naptimes. Don’t let the short duration fool you, as I’ve had a very short adaptation phase of some 50 hours, thanks to my history of experimentation with sleeping and dreaming.
    Uberman itself is very restricting, but thankfully, I don’t have an 8-hour job(I design my own schedule), and I can pretty much tailor my life to my napping needs. If you’re wondering about losing your social life because of a lack of energy, don’t be. Combining Uberman with Everyman just before going out, or increasing nap intervals to 2.5 hours for 3 intervals can really power you up, ready to function normally for 10 hours guaranteed, after that you start feeling mild fatigue.
    As a closing point, I’d just like to make sure you understand this: 4-6 hours of extra time per day is incredibly powerful! Thanks to a constant level of alertness and night periods where I can’t do anything but study/read/surf, I’ve learned/read more in the last 10 days that I’d normally do in a month! It’s definitely something you should try.
    I’ll be eagerly waiting for that book, PureDoxyk!

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  27. Axel Schneider says:

    I want to thank you very much for this precise conclusion as it helped me a lot to recognize the right way for me. For a long time I could not let go the wish of doing Uberman, despite I failed to times already. Now I am doing Everyman fine for the last week and I am able to use the additional hours since the first day, as opposed to the Uberman time. I also can see, that is easily possible to fit Everyman into a normal daily life (I have a job in the IT sector and three children), whereas it is a hard think to fit an Uberman schedule into a normal life. And one should be aware that you gain only two additional hours.
    I come to the conclusion that for gaining time Everyman is usually the best way, whereas Uberman is a way to change the experience of living (what I want to do for sure at some point in the future).

    Additionally, I want to share an experience I have done in the last year of sleeping in strange ways: Adapting to a new schedule gets easier each time. Adapting to everyman this time was a cakewalk.

  28. mark says:

    Congrats on the 6 month milestone. I agree with everything in your article. Everyman fits the best for most “real world” schedules. People ask me if I’m going to stay on the schedule and my answer is definitely yes!

    – mark

  29. Kate says:

    I like Everyman because it’s reasonably forgiving when I have to sleep for 5 hours at a friend’s place. It is so cool that you provide your insights into it so that other people may benefit.

    Have a nice day,
    Kate

  30. Sauth says:

    Well, my first run at Everyman didn’t last too long – my willpower in the face of sleep is weak. Maybe because I’ve had so much trouble getting to sleep for so long – or getting to sleep on time, anyway. It seems like my body’s actually on something like a 28-30 hour day, and staying up later each night, then sleeping for quite a long time is fairly natural for me.

    In fact, moderate oversleeping, as with most people, leaves me groggy, listless, and easily depressed, while going down for 12-15 hours leaves me very cheerful and energetic. Normal sleep times, when I manage them, leave me on a bit more of a normal footing.

    I’m also not a very good napper – either my brain is too active and I can’t stand it for more than 10 minutes, or if I’m tired enough to stay there, bam, I’m out for one of those 12-15 hour stretches, and hardly anything will wake me up and keep me up. Even if i do get up, sleep is too seductive.

    Uberman did work for me for a while a few years back; I’m considering giving that another go. I’m also pondering striking out on some other sleep schedule adventure, given that I’m an odd sleeper to begin with. I wouldn’t mind sleeping more (even in a fairly normal 6-8 hour range) if I could do so predictably and feel good to great most days. As is, I go to sleep anywhere between 4pm and 4am, which obviously yields an unpredictable amount of hours down before I have to get up for the day, and an equally unpredictable mood the next day.

    I also might just wait till life calms down a bit more and give Everyman another run. I’ll keep you updated.

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