Colin will laugh when he hears this but I’m thinking about giving polyphasic sleep a try.
Polyphasic sleep is (according to Wikipedia)
a sleep pattern intended to reduce sleep time to 2–5 hours daily. This is achieved by spreading out sleep into short naps of around 20–45 minutes throughout the day.
The upshot of which is, of course, that you get a whole lot more awake time. Apparently once you get the hang of it you feel more alert than before you started. If I do this (and its a very big if because I’m not exactly known for following through with things) then I’m thinking that 11pm, 3am, 7am, 11am, 3pm etc sleeps will be the go (based on my timetable). I’ll also obviously have to figure out a way of doing this without bothering Colin.
The next couple of days will tell whether I actually start this and from then I’ll blog my progress.
This has, of course, been inspired by reading Steve Pavlina’s log outlining his marvelously successful attempt. He’s switched back to sleeping normally now but he kept it up for several months and only switched because of social reasons. If you’re interested in polyphasic sleep its well worth a read.