How To Sleep Less And Get More Done

In this article, we talk about a technique that can help you sleep three hours a day and stay awake. Read on to find out more.

A bit of theory

A person's sleep is divided into phases. The most important for us are the third and fourth, which fall in the first 2-3 hours of sleep. The techniques that we will talk about were invented by the scientist Alexander Wein. Their essence is to achieve maximum stay in the fourth phase of sleep.

Before moving on to practice, it is worth knowing the following.

  1. Before using the first technique, you must stay awake for 1-2 days. Then you will have to sleep at a strictly defined time. Otherwise, your efficiency will tend to be zero.
  2. During the experiment, you should have at least three hours of rest per day. Take a walk in the park, have a cup of tea with someone, spend time with your family, do some meditation—no physical or mental stress.

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Method 1

First, you need to understand when your sleep is most effective. To do this, set aside a few days free from urgent matters (for example, weekends). On the first day, you should go to bed at the usual time. Wake up, do your own thing, but proceed to research at exactly 12 o'clock in the morning.

Listen to your feelings. Soon you will notice that you do not always want to sleep, but with a certain frequency. We will identify it.

Rate the desire to sleep on a three-point scale.

  • 1 - want to sleep
  • 2 - very sleepy
  • 3 - unbearably sleepy

Record these sleep attacks on your notebook or phone.

At 24:00 the next day (that is, in a day), the experiment can be considered complete. Now you can lie down, get a good night's sleep, and start analyzing everything the next morning. Review your entries. Of all the sleep attacks, choose the longest and the two strongest of them. You should have two-time slots when you were knocked out.

This could happen to you at different times, but usually, people experience the first strong and prolonged desire to sleep between one in the morning and six in the morning, and during the day in the second time. For example, if you have an irresistible desire to sleep at 4 o'clock and 16 o'clock, your sleep schedule will be as follows.

Go to bed at four in the morning and set the alarm clock to ring in 2–2.5 hours. During this time, you will stay in the fourth phase of sleep as much as those who sleep 8-10 hours a day, and you will have a full rest. Sleep for another hour at 13 o'clock.

As a result, you will sleep 3–3.5 hours a day, but you will stay in the fourth phase of sleep even more than an ordinary person during an eight-hour rest.

The main thing here is accuracy. If you fall asleep not at 4:00 but 4:15, you will not get enough sleep or even hear the alarm. However, these 15 minutes may help you find your optimal time to fall asleep. Listen to your body.

How To Sleep Less And Get More Done
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Method 2

If you do not want to do the first, then try this. Go to bed between 4:30 am and 5:00 am and sleep until 9:00 am, as this is usually when the person has the strongest desire to sleep.

In both circumstances, the most crucial thing is to go to bed on time and then get out of bed, even if you want to sleep. Even if you fall on the floor, crawl into the kitchen and drink coffee on the floor. Getting out of bed is the main thing. Then you will not feel as sleepy as you would with an eight-hour rest.

Still, there is a small percentage of people for whom three hours of sleep is not enough.

If you feel a lack of energy after two weeks of experimenting, then a short nap is not for you.

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Personal experience

I wanted to try it myself. I did not want to sleep on the first day, so I decided to extend the experiment for another day. And they turned out to be very heavy, as it was terribly sleepy. I realized that it is essential to keep yourself busy. If you don’t do anything, you get sleepy.

During the first week of sleep in this mode, the body adapted, so the sensations were incomprehensible. But then everything returned to normal, and I was able to appreciate all the advantages of this technique.

  1. A lot of time is released.
  2. It is easy to go to bed; you fall asleep almost immediately.
  3. It's just as easy to get up.
  4. You feel cheerful throughout the day.

Try one of these techniques in action and let us know in the comments if it worked for you.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Life hacker