A challenging profile of a woman named Marie Staver has been reported by Motherboard “who beat sleep” during college. An insomniac with other sleeping disorders, Marie fought to get proper rest every day until 1998 when she gave up to sleeping like a regular person.
Marie, along with her friend developed the “Uberman” sleeping schedule after being inspired by a 1943 Time interview with inventor Buckminster Fuller. She and her friend would get rest in catnaps throughout the day and she only slept for two hours out of every 24.
“They were accomplishing so much in a day that they were freaking people out; their schoolwork was done, their dorms were clean, they held down jobs, they made appearances at social events,” said Marie when asked about her sleeping schedule.
“They would wake up at 4am to study at Denny’s then take 20-minute naps every four hours, getting a total of two hours of sleep every day,” she added.
“I felt the best I’ve ever felt in my life.”
The two college students cheated their sleeping schedule and remained active throughout the day, and they are not the first humans to do so. It’s been said that Leonardo da Vinci slept in short bursts while Thomas Edison claimed on several occasions of sleeping only four hours a day. Fuller, who the two followed, slept only two hours a day for two years on a schedule of naps.
Though the two are no longer following the Uberman principle, Staver says that she’s currently on a polyphasic sleep schedule, where she enjoys only four hours of sleep every day.
Staver says that she tried several ways: changing her environment, her habits and going without sleep for several days to exhaust herself, in order to find a regular bed time. She did not want to take drugs as prescribed by the doctor to solve her sleeping problems, and that was when she, together with Psuke, attempted the Uberman schedule.
“It was the most amazing thing I had ever discovered and I felt the best I’ve ever felt in my life,” Staver says. Today, her sleep disorders are no longer a pain and she is not tired anymore, while she also believes that the 22 hours she gets every day is what she finds the pleasure in.
After college, Staver started an online website and began writing about polyphasic sleep. She even wrote a book and became admin for some online forums where she discussed about her accomplishments on cheating sleep. “I kind of fought it the whole way,” she says. Her little experiment is a movement today, which she says that she’d never thought about.
“To my shock, it worked,” she says. She dubbed her new schedule the “Everyman.”
Today, Staver’s sleeping schedule includes three-hour sleep from 1:00 to 4:00 in the morning, and three 20-minute naps throughout the day.
Though polyphasic sleeping schedule feels right to enjoy most of the time in a day, science strongly recommends that an adult human needs at least 6 hours of sleep daily. The Mariott chief executive also warned business leaders at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to get proper rest and not to boast on their lesser hours of sleep-schedule.
“Particularly in American society today, but maybe business society generally, you’ve got a glorification of folks who say, ‘Oh, I only sleep three to four hours a night’ — which is dead wrong,” Sorenson said. “That’s the wrong philosophy.”
“It shows a toughness, maybe,” he said. “I don’t know how we got there.”
A hygienic living space, good mattress and a normal sleeping routine is what reduces problems of back pain and sleeping disorders.
A professor of sleep medicine at Oxford University, Colin Espie recommends youngsters to take care of their “bedroom hygiene” to get proper sleep. The professor reports that youngsters are generally sleep-deprived because of aroma, which affects their mental well-being and academic performance.
“Young people never open their windows, their rooms are never ventilated,” said Espie.
“The smelly teenager’s bedroom is a byproduct of the fact that it is full of rebreathed air, which is low in oxygen and full in nitrogen.”
“If you keep re-breathing the same air in a small bedroom that is hot and not ventilated you will wake up with a headache after a poor night’s sleep,” the expert added.
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