(NEWSER) – Motherboard has an eye-opening profile on Maria Staver, the woman "who beat sleep" as a college student. A lifelong insomniac, Staver gave up attempting to sleep like a regular person in 1998.
She and a friend—inspired by a 1943 Time interview with inventor Buckminster Fuller—developed the "Uberman" sleep schedule, so named because "they were accomplishing so much in a day that they were freaking people out; their schoolwork was done, their dorms were clean, they held down jobs, they made appearances at social events." They would wake up at 4am to study at Denny's then take 20-minute naps every four hours, getting a total of two hours of sleep every day. "I felt the best I’ve ever felt in my life,” Staver tells Motherboard.
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