I Decided to Sleep for Only 2 Hours a Day and I Didn’t Expect These Changes
I know how valuable time is. I’m one of those people who have their “I-need-more-time” mode on. It happens to me mostly because I like to take on new projects before I’ve finished old ones. I accumulate a lot of work and every second becomes more and more valuable. I often dream that there are more than 24 hours in a day. And since I cannot change that, I decided to create this extra time myself. How? By spending only 2 hours a day sleeping.
I want to share the results of my experiment with Bright Side readers. I must say that they surprised me and were significantly different from what I expected. But first things first.
I decided to start my experiment at the beginning of the week. As they say, Monday is good for starting new things and implementing new rules regarding your daily regimen. Instead of falling asleep at night, I broke my 2-hour sleep into 20-minute naps. And the first results didn’t take long to show.
I thought that I would constantly yawn and be searching for coffee. But everything happened the exact opposite of how I thought it would. I was focused, I fell asleep and woke up after naps without any problems, and I felt rested.
The situation began to change on the second day. My productivity was not as high. I didn’t want to work, I was just waiting for a new nap time to come, and therefore I only fulfilled part of my regular work duties.
But my brain still remained focused and sharp. I spent less time learning new information and found cool and interesting solutions every 5 minutes. And I didn’t know what to expect next.
My condition didn’t change on this day. I was like a zombie, and the world around me ceased to bring me joy. And I wouldn’t have known what to do if it were not for one positive change. My productivity had become higher. Finally, I had those extra hours I had dreamed of. And I was able to complete all of my projects, and even came up with new ideas for new ones.
Despite the fact that I was able to do all of this, I didn’t feel joy or relief. More precisely, I didn’t feel anything. My emotional state was far from good, which affected my communication with people. I didn’t want to see, meet with, or talk to anyone, even if it was only for a few minutes.
On this day there was a turning point. My body was getting used to the new regimen and now I felt like I had been asleep for an hour after each nap. I have to say that my new routine also made me happy.
I no longer spent time on empty thoughts about what to do, but on the contrary, I organized a new schedule. I made time for reading, meditating, performing certain duties, training, and other activities. I felt alive, a little, but the constant fatigue still brought me down.
This day I can’t call joyful at all. I was depressed and I felt that everything had turned into a monotonous cycle. Groundhog Day? Exactly! It seemed to me that I was losing my mind. And looking at myself in the mirror, I could not help but sigh. I saw an exhausted person with big bags under their eyes and grayish skin.
Plus, my productivity dropped. During the experiment, I definitely did more than I had done during last couple of weeks, but it was boring and mechanical. I was no longer happy with what I loved to do for a living. As you can understand, this day was hard for me. And I, of course, began to think that my experiment wasn’t such a good idea. At some point, I had the desire to surrender, but I still continued.
On my day off, I decided to relax. And later I realized that this was a bad idea. I managed to do a lot: I walked in the park, took a bike ride, and went to a concert. But I still had nothing to occupy myself with. Without work, I had nothing to do and I had a lot of free time. Time began to go so slowly that I became more sleepy.
But there was one interesting thing. I met with my friends who asked why I was doing this. And then, suddenly, I realized that I didn’t know how to answer. After all, I had already completed all my tasks at work, which is why I wanted the extra time. And it would’ve been possible to stop the experiment on Friday, but I wanted to make it to the end.
Contrary to my stubbornness and the desire to prove my will to myself, Sunday accidentally became a cheat day. Thanks to an alarm clock that didn’t work, I slept for 12 hours. Instead of waking up at 2:20 A.M. after my usual nap, I got up at 2 P.M. And it was great!
I slept well, felt rested, the world around me was no longer a gray blur. I was alive again and it was an incredible feeling. I sort of failed my experiment, but it didn’t really make me feel bad. I was ready to enjoy life, myself, and the world.
Remembering these 6 days, I cannot say that this experience was terrible. Although the results were debatable. At first glance, everything was cool, and I fulfilled my monthly plan in 5 days. But I was so tired and exhausted that it affected the quality of the work. And I had to redo many tasks. I already mentioned my desire to communicate during the experiment or, more precisely, the lack of it.
And, as for my health and appearance, here I had disappointing results too. I began to look much worse and older than my current age. Despite regular workouts, I gained weight. And somewhere around the middle of the experiment I was attacked by awful headaches. But it all went back to normal after the experiment was over.
And you know what? I definitely don’t recommend this regimen or this lack of sleep. I don’t advise you to repeat my experience and try to make more time for work by saving on sleep. It’s better to abandon a new project if you understand that you don’t have enough time. Sleep is an opportunity to rest and recover. Don’t deprive yourself of this.
Do you have time to do all the tasks that you’ve planned? Have you ever slept less so you have more time to work? Tell us your stories in the comments.
Illustrated by Victor Senin, Ruslan Pidhaniuk for BrightSide.me