Polyphasic Sleep (Uberman) to boost GPA

  1. Hey guys,

    Description of Sleep Schedule
    I'm not sure if you have heard of the "Uberman sleep schedule" before but it consists of sleeping in 30 minute nap periods every 4 hours so that you can stay up consistently 24/7. I'm not sure if there are long-term detrimental effects but I am considering doing it in the fall for university. I've tried it over this winter break in between semester one and two during Grade 12. I've adjusted to the schedule and it was absolute hell for the first 5 days where I'm pretty sure I did not even fall completely asleep at all, but now it's been almost 2 weeks and when it's time for my nap every 4 hours I literally lie down and *lights off* and I wake up 30 minutes later and *lights on*, it's virtually impossible to oversleep. As a result I have 21 hours of waking day and I can particularly get a lot of work done between the 12am to 4am period and 4am to 8am period when the rest of the world is wasting their life being comatose. In all my free time I've started to write a book titled, "Historical and Philosophical Foundations for Mathematics" and I've got about 7000 words done so far and caught up to discovery the function by Leibniz and have had quite some insights from all my extra time to research and think, hopefully I'll turn it into a full book over the next few months/year.

    Actual Question
    As a result I was wondering if any of you have done this sleep schedule or a similar one in a learning/academic setting? What was your experience like? Would you recommend it? I'm going to try it during semester two and see how it goes. My hope is that I will be able to do it through my undergraduate and study the entire time and hopefully get a 4.0 GPA. My average in high school is currently 95% after having loads of time to playing video games and hang out with friends (only studying 4 hours a day outside of school)etc. so, if I have an extra 5 hours of waking time EVERY SINGLE DAY, I think I'll be able to accomplish anything in school to be honest.

    Comments, Questions, or Advice?

    I'll either be attending University of Alberta for an Honours Astrophysics, Minor Philosophy, University of Calgary Double Major Astrophysics, Philosophy, or University of Toronto Physics and Philosophy program.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
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  3. Vanadium 50

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    This has strong medical consequences, and as we do not give medical advice here, I have closed this thread. You need to consult your doctor.

    I think you do need to also think about your priorities - "loads of time to playing video games" is not the element of your high school life you most want to preserve in college.
     
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