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Hello, comrades!

A link was sent to me recently by my good friend Sam that says... it's not only possible to be functional on two hours of sleep... But it's better for you than sleeping in that huge chunk of time where you lay there, easy prey for rapists and assassins. I've set a schedule for myself, made up of four naps. Each of which are thirty-minutes in duration, and take place six hours from each other. This schedule is called the 'Dymaxion Sleep Cycle', and it was invented by Buckminster Fuller, who reportedly kept this schedule for two years(or more). I haven't been able to find any documentation of this cycle, aside from hearsay and internet myth... So I am setting out to record my findings.

Below are the entries from my sleep journal so far. I'm on the end of day two. I've been very busy lately, and missed one of the naps on both days. So far, I'm not dead, and I'm only slightly groggy. I'm expecting it to get worse.
Day 1

It’s nearly twelve o clock. I think I fell asleep at four, immediately after my first nap, but I am not sure. Thankfully, I woke up after my second nap was supposed to be. Immediately following the first nap, I was tired. So tired that when I sat down to write this, I fell asleep. I was woke up around ten by my dad. Well, if you're going to make mistakes, might as well get them out of the way early, right? I’m hoping the adaption process isn’t too hard, but I’ve got a room that needs to be cleaned, some books to read, and Netflix that can distract me from the hallucinations and sleep deprivation. I'm guessing that's how the Marines make it through Hell Week. Stay busy, and that's what I'll do.
I did not sleep during the daytime. I just ‘woke up’ from my first nap since last night. I’m not sure if I slept or not. I’m not sure if I dreamt. I woke up, and my alarm was going off. Well. I’ve got six hours ahead of me. Nap time at four. Might as well make it four, which is six hours from my impromptu nap. For a twenty minute nap, I awoke feeling slightly refreshed. I’m still tired, of course. But I guess I can go back to sleep in a few hours!

Day 2

I'm tired. I'm sure this upcoming nap will be in no way refreshing. My head feels heavy, and my eyes seem to drift close of their own accord. I spent the last four hours mining out a dwarven underground castle to keep the sleep demons at bay. Oh man oh man, it's awesome. There's rafters and beams, and I should take snapshots to upload to the Facebook. When I awake from this powernap, I will add to the journal, and brew some coffee. My pot is an 8 scoop pot. I will add 10 scoops out of spite, and caffeinated glory. Weary days and sleepless nights are upon me. I can feel it. This is going to be awesome for my Medical Terminology class. Staying up for 22 hours a day. All that time I'll spend studying will be worth this initial week of fatigue and bleary-eyed early morning Minecrafting. And I'll even have a Dwarven Castle.

I just woke up. That nap was mildly refreshing. I don't feel as bad as I did, but nor do I feel as awake as I could. I suppose the only thing that will fix me is a big bowl of cereal, and an even bigger mug of coffee. I'll use the bathroom, and then get something to eat and drink. The cats seem surprised to see me. Well get used to it, you nappy pussies. I'm never going to sleep again. So far, the sleep deprivation is mild. No worse than it is when I go without sleeping for a day. I am fairly cold, which I'll chalk up to it being 56 degree outside.

I feel as well as I do when I first wake up. Head is mildly foggy. Strange thing while napping at 4am: My hands and feet started buzzing, and I felt like I was just a brain floating in space. My peaceful reverie was only shattered by the screeching of my alarm clock.
I took a shower, and made some coffee. I did a short workout routine after I woke up to bring myself to full wakefulness. I'm tired now, but I suppose I can hold on until 10am. I wonder if I will find myself counting the hours until I can take a nap after I've finished adjusting.
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This could be interesting. Have fun.

I just know I used to do something similar at college. Horrendous procrastinator so when it came to deadlines I stayed up all night to do my work for days, surviving on like 2-3 hours where I could get it.

By day 4 or 5 I was usually dead on my feet.
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It will be interesting to see how you get on with this. Not sure I could manage.
As someone with severe chronic insomnia...I don't think you'll make it past 3 or 4 days unless youre absolutely pushing yourself to the limit. Soon enough you're gonna lose your appetite and eating will become more and more forced, resulting in an upset stomach and hunger pangs on and off all day. You'll be drinking lots of coffee and/or energy drinks to help stay up, further making your stomach upset.

Your body needs fuel to keep going, but hell I've heard stories of people doing similar schedules and handling it fine.

Also, be careful when driving if you're really exhausted, I've fallen asleep behind the wheel just from letting my mind wonder and drift away to music and thoughts. Talk radio in my opinion really helps you stay alert much better than music, or even better, talking on the phone will keep you going. Good luck and I'm curious to see how this pans out for ya.
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I'm a diagnosed insomniac, tried doing this, didn't work.

Just made me feel more terrible than I normally do.
I've been like this since I was 12. Now 22. It occurs every few months and I'm right in the middle of it atm. I have ADHD so I can't drink caffeine or energy drink, because it basically knocks me out within minutes, funny right?

I just sleep the 2 or 3 hours outright though, Yes you will feel lethargic as f@ck as soon as you wake up (If you wake up) but that goes away after some pineapple juice and vodka gets into your belly.

It's not that bad tbh. I read a while back that a human is only really supposed to sleep for 4 hours hours a night anyways' if they are fit. A conditioned body doens't need an 8-10 hour rest, its just the rest of us lazy f#ckers that have untamed bodies that put us to sleep. I'm a bit skepticle but I funtion pretty well with just a few hours for a couple weeks at a time, especially exam period.

Goodluck bud. Stay away from the coffee but, it will not help at all.

And this is strange, because my name is actually Sam...
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Way tl;dr

Referring to the thread title, I think I saw a show where this one guy hadn't slept in 30 or so years, and nowadays he feels totally ill. Almost like he's dying.

So doing something like that will probably catch up to you. Maybe not immediately, but eventually.
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It's a bad idea though TS. Loads of different things happen while you're asleep and you need a certain amount of it for them all to happen. I've survived on 2-3 hours of sleep a day for a week or so at a time during deadline periods at uni, and trust me when I say it is not nice. Your immune system pretty much ceases to exist after a couple of days, it becomes almost impossible to concentrate on anything, your hair stops looking as nice and you get massive black rings under your eyes that are pretty difficult to get rid of. Oh and you'll go crazy because the days will all just blur into one.
But from your username I'm guessing you're already crazy, so go ahead.
as diagnozedinsomniac....

i dont recomend it
aftera week or so with 2-3 hours of sleepr being conscious will seem like a chore
also immune system will suffer
and after a good while youll start losing weight prbably from lack f appetite and such
but by all means go ahead but its for eeyrone
I just woke up from my 10PM nap. I still feel fine. I don't think I got any sleep, because mom is in the next room over watching television and laughing. The harpy laugh. No biggy. The 4am naps are the ones I look forward to the most. It's quiet. The entire world is still. And when I wake up, it's like I'm in a cocoon that's shrieking because of an alarm. Then I work out to get the blood pumping. It reminds me of Hell Week. Hardly any sleep, and you're tricking your body into thinking it's a fight-or-flight situation by doing sudden workouts as soon as you wake up.
I'm making sure to eat light snacks after I wake up. Granola bars and fruit. Very little caffeine. I treat myself to some nicotine post-workout, which could have unintended consequences.

I'm a college student. I've been through many semesters of finals week, and so far, I feel more well-rested than I usually do when I'm staying up all night cramming, and then passing out after the final. This feels kind of healthy. I've got a haywire sleep schedule anyway, and there have been no documentation of this sleep cycle. And in true white dude fashion, I'm going to put on some rock music, take a nap, and then stay up all night internetting.

I'll update daily. Thanks for posting, guys.
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lol, it'll never work....haha. Your body does what it wants

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If it does and you make it a week I'll give you some cake. You might have some cool lucid dreams though
I'm on like 3-4 hours a day and I can get by on that, but 2 hours seems insane, especially split up into 30-minute periods. Pretty sure you will have zero immune system and your body will take ages to heal small injuries and bruises. Expect your hair and skin to start sucking too.
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I have some pretty bad chronic insomnia and I'd advise not to do that, sleep deprivation is pretty detrimental to your health in a number of ways. It will make your memory worse since memories are formed when you sleep, it will decrease performance and concentration, can cause or worsen depression and anxiety, and just makes you feel terrible all around.
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You guys don't understand. REM sleep is the only part of your sleep that makes you feel rested. By what OP is doing his body will get used to it and jump into it straight away as soon as he falls asleep. The non-REM part of your sleep isn't needed. And yes, 2 hours is enough.

Sleeping 30 minutes is not enough; it is likely only entering stage 1 and stage 2... (which doesn't achieve REM Sleep or dreams.) REM sleep can occur anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Only sleeping a half hour at a time will most likely neglect REM sleep and cause sleep deprivation.
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Sleeping 30 minutes is not enough; it is likely only entering stage 1 and stage 2... (which doesn't achieve REM Sleep or dreams.) REM sleep can occur anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Only sleeping a half hour at a time will most likely neglect REM sleep and cause sleep deprivation.

The guy who came up with this sleep schedule reportedly stuck to it for two years with no ill effects. If I still feel unrested, then I can always increase the amount of nap time. It's a process. It can change.

As for you people saying I'll **** up my sleep schedule, how long does it take you to go back to sleeping in until noon after a semester in school where you have early classes? Sure, this is a little more complex than just moving the cycle up(I'm breaking it into fourparts), but the human brain is pretty resilient to sleep changes. It'll bounce back into homeostasis after a couple weeks of trying.
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Interesting read OP. In about a week and a half I'm starting a biphasic sleeping pattern. I've read reports of people stopping polyphasic sleeping because taking heaps of 20-minute naps makes it feel as though they're just living one big long day. Best of luck though.
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Sleeping 30 minutes is not enough; it is likely only entering stage 1 and stage 2... (which doesn't achieve REM Sleep or dreams.) REM sleep can occur anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Only sleeping a half hour at a time will most likely neglect REM sleep and cause sleep deprivation.

I think the idea is that after about 2 weeks (yes, TS, two whole weeks) of sleep deprivation and mild insanity, the body realises that it's only going to get 20 minutes of sleep at a time and goes straight to the good stuff (REM)

But personally I don't think it's for everyone.
I've got two hours until my next nap. So I've organized my closet, cleaned my room, and folded some towels.

The night times are the worst. The melatonin and internal clock make the nights pretty rough. I'm distracting myself by playing the riddle game with the girlfriend. She's about to go to sleep, so I guess I'll read for a little while before my next nap. Come morning, (and correct my biology if I'm wrong), the melatonin in the body is converted to serotonin. That's responsible for the 'feel good' of all nighters. So daytimes are nice. I'm not doing anything tomorrow, so I'll take the 4pm nap that I've been missing. Hopefully that will make the 10am wakeup easier. But I suppose that's up to trial and error. I'll just have to see what happens.
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It's accepted scientific fact that the human body has 90 minute sleep cycles with 5 phases. The last phase of which is REM sleep. REM Sleep is the most important as far as maintaining and your health, retaining mental function, and just all around not feeling tired as shit.

Unfortunately for you, you'll never achieve REM sleep with a 30 minute nap. Even a basic knowledge of sleep science makes this schedule you're on look idiotic. I'm going to sleep now and I'm going to sleep for 7.5 hours.
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Interesting. This reminds me of Uberman's Sleep Cycle, which is a similar concept, but instead you take a half hour nap every 4-5 hours. It is essentially designed to maximize your REM sleep time.

I had a friend try it. It didn't work out.
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I'm quite certain this is going to mess you up pretty bad, but it'll be interesting to see what happens.
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