31 Mar 2016

Sleep Experiment - Akshat Rathi

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:34 pm on 31 March 2016
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Motivated by a need for more time during his PHD studies, Akshat Rathi spent a year sleeping just three-and-a-half hours a night.

He says that he had heard the story of Buckminster Fuller, an inventor, who advocated the practice of a regimen that consisted of 30-minute naps every six hours, and decided to try something similar.

During his own experimentation, Rathi managed to fit in three 20-minute naps a day at the time - and in total, he only slept for four-and-a-half hours in a 24 hour period.

But he is not in any kind of a hurry to give up the mostly monophasic routine he has returned to now.

He talks to Jesse Mulligan about his sleep experiment.

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