So… I’m probably doing something pretty dumb – but that’s okay – I tend to do that a lot. The thing about working full-time, owning a business, growing a business, learning Latin, maintaining a family, and so on is that there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to fit everything in. As Thomas More Eloquently put it:
“Amid these occupations that I have named, the day, the month, the year slip away. When, then, can we find time to write? Nor have I spoken a word about sleep, nor even of food, which for many people takes up as much time as sleep ~ and sleep takes up almost half a man’s life! So I get for myself only the time I filch from sleep and food…”
We sleep a lot – and that’s okay. Our society and work is based on a particular sleep schedule and going against that cycle can be tough simply from a practical perspective. Good thing for me I’ve never cared too much about the practical.
Anyway, It’s about 4:11am and I’ve been up an hour already. While it’s lonely, it’s actually pretty cool.
What’s this all about?
So here is the scoop – for the next few weeks I am going to be challenging myself, and anyone that wants to join, to keep a different type of sleep schedule. Rather than sleep the normal 7 – 9 hours a day we are going to drop that down to 4.5 – 6 hours a day.
Sound crazy? Well, it’s not, it just takes discipline and patience to push through. The cool thing is once you are in he groove you are able to utilize another 20 -28 hours a week of productivity.
That’s pretty crazy.
Anyway, the sleep schedule is called the “Everyman” polyphasic sleep schedule. It essentially consists of 3 hours of core sleep time, and three 20-minute naps throughout the day. Fair warning, I’ve tried this in the past and failed, but I;m pretty confident about this go around because of a couple of factors.
#1 I’m pretty sure I had a vitamin deficiency
For years, no matter what I did, I always felt tired throughout the day. I could sleep for 12 hours and still be nodding off in class, at work, etc.
I tried the Everyman schedule during this time and it sucked….
It wasn’t until the last 2 years that I started taking little vitamin packets every day – and it helped a lot. I had tried to do this sleep schedule a few years back and it was horrible. Now, even though it’s super early, everything feels pretty good. Yes, there is a little fatigue but that’s to be expected for the first week or so.
#2 There wasn’t a good reason to not sleep
I like to sleep. I’m lazy. Unfortunately, there is no time to be lazy anymore. Having a full-time job and a full-time business, raising a family pf 7 in one of the most expensive parts of the country on one income, and trying to maintain a good life balance takes a toll. Yes, God’s grace is enough, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want us to sacrifice some of our luxuries in order to make things happen ;).
I was somewhat able to do all of the above with a normal sleep cycle, but things are growing and there is no way to keep up with it without filching on sleep.
#3 There has to be a better way
Something happened I became an entrepreneur and you may think that it’s a bit harsh, but since being in business for myself I can’t stand people that make excuses in order to justify why something can’t be done. These are the same types of people that say they don’t have time to start a business while at the same time they spend 3 hours a day watching television or playing Farmville.
God put us here for battle. If the world is used to sleeping 7 – 10 hours a day, I want to find a way to sleep less so I can have the advantage on the battlefield. The time filched from sleep will go to building up the kingdom in some way or another.
Anyway, if there is a better way to sleep – I am going to do it. Heck, if it weren’t for this schedule this blog post wouldn’t exist. It’s 4:42 AM and Mass doesn’t start for another hour and 15 minutes. ;).