When I began looking into biphasic sleeping as a way to sleep less, I wasn’t concerned about becoming a morning person. In fact, I intentionally stopped being a morning person in order to adapt to biphasic sleeping. The truth is you can have the best of both worlds with biphasic sleeping. You can sleep less and become a morning person.
A morning person has more time to be productive. A person who has figured out how to sleep less has more time to be productive. Biphasic Sleeping is your double-edged sword to take into battle against sleepiness.
George W. Bush used to rise at 5:30 am to exercise, read his bible, and prepare to lead the free world. Michael Hyatt uses the advantage of being a morning person to study God’s word, run, and often write. But for me, a young leader with a two year old, going to bed at 9 pm, so I can wake up at 5:30 am is just nuts.
Maybe if my kids were grown and it was just my wife and I, but even then I doubt I’d do it. I need time with my family, it’s what gives me the desire to be the best person I can be. Upon arriving home from work around 6 pm, I only have two and a half hours with my son. Then I have two and a half hours with my wife. That leaves me one hour with you, my reader. I write in that last hour before bed.
I then sleep six hours, which means I sleep less than most, but I still am rested enough to still wake up at 6 am and be a morning person. Thank you biphasic sleeping. Sleeping less and being a morning person isn’t natural, biphasic sleeping is a learned pattern. Here is how you do it.
Schedule – Create your ideal schedule. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t become an early riser at the same time I began biphasic sleeping. I fact, I used to go to bed at 1:30 am because I had to wake up at no later than 7:30am to make it to the office on time. This was a fool proof way to ensure I’d only sleep my six scheduled hours.
Nap – Time your one 20 minute nap to be at a time where you can stick to it. The nap is a key to biphasic sleeping so you can’t miss it. Life is busy and you’ll often struggle to find time to nap. Squeeze it into your schedule at a time that is usually quiet. This may be right when you get home from work, or for me, right after my son goes to bed. We like to be quiet in the house to help him fall asleep. This is a great time for my nap.
Alarm – I’ve found waking up from a 20 minute nap is simple. There are still things to do so it’s easy to get up. The alarm clock in the morning however, not so easy. This is the biggest problem for people wanting to become a morning person. I’ve found that a Phillips GoLite is the perfect way to wake your senses, the natural way.
Sleeping less can be great and help you to become more productive. That’s why I adapted to a biphasic sleeping schedule. Becoming a morning person also has incredible upside. Combining the two is like combining Spider-man and the Hulk.
Would you rather be a night owl or a morning person?