Your mom has been quiet lately, but she did tell me about this: Uberman's Sleep. This is a form of polyphasic sleep (which is just to say that you sleep more than twice in a day). Have you ever tried this? I had a few months where I slept twice each day. I worked 2nd shift at DEC in Augusta. We worked from 2pm until 10:30pm with a supper break at 6. You'd get home about 11 and still feel like you had juice left for the day. Sometime around 2am, you'd finally crash, but then it seemed natural to get up again at 7. Then, after getting some stuff done in the morning, you'd have an early lunch and want an hour or so nap before getting ready for work again. Weird schedule.images

Uberman's Sleep is much stranger than that. With this plan, you're only awake for 3.5 hours at a stretch. This grants you six 30-minute naps in a day. Your total sleep time only amounts to about three hours per day. Proponents say they have more energy, feel healthier, and have more vivid dreams. I bet they do. I think after a few days of that schedule I might have a really vivid dream of smearing a giant confession on a wall with my own blood (it would turn out that it wasn't a dream). 

I've never understood people who don't sleep well. I can fall asleep anywhere (airplanes, couches, yoga studios, meetings), and even if I wake up prematurely, I can fall back to sleep within seconds. When I was a kid, I made a little study of sleeping and dreaming. Each night, I would play the same casette when I went to bed. As soon as I woke up, I wrote down the last part of the song I remembered hearing. Then I figured out how long it took me to fall asleep each night and recorded the times in a journal (why? probably because I hadn't hit puberty yet). Then, in '87, I read a cool article in Omni magazine about Lucid Dreaming (POWER TRIPS: CONTROLLING YOUR DREAMS). I studied this technique. I went to the library and found every book I could on the subject. I invested more time learning about lucid dreaming than any subject ever presented in school. 

You might have to go back and start this when you're a teenager, but it turns out that learning to control your dreams is pretty easy. Eventually, you start to question reality at every turn, and can recognize a dream very quickly. As soon as you recognize that you're dreaming, you can begin to control the dream. You can fly, teleport, speak to the dead, whatever you want. It's really interesting–I recommend it.

I think I'll go take a nap.


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