I must say, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Everyman Sleep Schedule. It’s a disciplined system of sleeping that attempts to maximize my sleep patterns to produce more hours in my work week. When strictly followed, I am able to create 28 more hours per week of which I would not have had.
Whenever I share my experiment with guys, they find it intriguing, even fascinating. They dream of how their life would change if they added 28 hours to their week, 60 days to their year. They consider the benefits and wonder if the lack of sleep could be overcome.
I have shared the idea with women, and I’ve received — in general — negative feedback. Sometimes hostility. Seriously! The idea disgusts them. One mom did a hefty amount of research and sent it to me to dissuade me from my experiment. When sharing this with a group of moms at a youth gathering, one mom told me to “keep it down” because the kids might hear what I’m saying. Another mom told me quite pointedly that this was contrary to how God created me.
These are generalizations, of course. I’m just observing a general trend: women tend to be appalled, men tend to be fascinated.
Wendy (who, by the way, is not joining me on my journey, but isn’t appalled at me), explained to me why her women friends are disgusted with my polyphasic sleep schedule. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense, and it helps you better understand how the male and female brains work.
According to Mark Gunger, ask a woman which order she would place sleep, food and sex in her list of priorities, she would typically list them in this order:
Gunger makes the case that men are the exact opposite. The order of priorities for men: Sex, Food, Sleep. Of course, these are generalizations, and yes, yes, I know there are exceptions. Gunger’s central point has brought a lot of clarity to marital problems with this: sleep is genuinely more important to women, even as important as sex is to men.
Wendy’s point was on a similar track: Women are appalled at my polyphasic sleep experiment. I find cutting sleep, minimizing sleep, devaluing sleep as all doable things. Most guys can entertain the idea. To women, it’s like cutting sex, minimizing sex, devaluing sex. In other words, how can I even think about such a thing?
Once again, my dear wife brings understanding into my life. (She’s a very wise woman.) I’ve applied this sleep schedule for the past eight months and have few issues with it. But I may tone my enthusiasm down a bit when sharing the idea with women.