According to Andrew, Einstein had a ridiculous sleep pattern in order to be super efficient with his time and to get the most work done within a single day. Well, because I open at Starbucks a lot I feel somewhat like Einstein… with a ridiculous sleep pattern. This type of sleep is catergorized as Polyphasic sleep.
Polyphasic sleep is a term used to describe several alternative sleep patterns intended to reduce sleep time to 2–6 hours daily in order to achieve a better quality of sleep. This is achieved by spreading out sleep into short naps of around 15–30 minutes throughout the day, and in some variants, a core sleep period of a few hours at night.
The process of adapting to a polyphasic schedule can involve a mentally and physically very difficult one- to two-week transition period, especially for the variant known as Uberman sleep. Thereafter, independent testers claim to experience no apparent drop of cognition or alertness, despite the few hours of sleep attained each day. On the other hand, polyphasic sleep typically requires adhering to a rigid schedule, which makes it impractical for many people.
I don’t actually do this, but my pattern is a little crazy. I have to work at 4 in the morning most days of the week. Therefore I go to sleep around 5 P.M. the day before, wake up at 9 P.M., and then I go back to sleep around 11 ish, sometimes earlier, to only wake up at 2:30 or 3 in the morning. Eat that for breakfast! It sucks, but it pays the bills.
Nothing every good happens at 4 in the morning! Check this out! Rives is awesome!