Dymaxion Sleep

Dymaxion is one of the most formidable sleep schedules on the market.

It’s predicted that only the genetically mutated DEC2 gene ‘very short sleepers’ can be successful following such a schedule, because people with this gene are able to sleep only 4 hours monophasically, which is a considerable feat on it’s own. These people do not suffer from sleep deprivation because their sleep compression and sleep quality are naturally so good! The whole idea of a reduced sleep schedule is to improve sleep compression and sleep quality, so that one may get all the normal deep sleep and REM sleep on less total sleep, just like a DEC2 mutant. Unforunately it is estimated less than 1% of the world population has this gene.

Now although it has the same total sleep hours as Uberman (2h-3h), it is not as sustainable because it lacks some advantages of Uberman. There seems to be a frequency advantage to Uberman whereby small amounts of frequent REM can greatly reduce sleep pressure compared to one large chunk of REM. A larger amount of less frequent, REM (like in Dymaxion) is basically less effective at reducing sleep pressure building up over the day, which is why fatigue may build more throughout the day for a Dymaxion sleeper compared to an Uberman sleeper.

Whilst the most noticeable effect of the mutated DEC2 is more REM and SWS, and less LNREM, there is also the fact that these people can get by with less frequent REM without any effect on their sleep pressure. This is an effect of their circadian rhythm, something we do not yet know how to alter.

The Dymaxion schedule was coined by Buckminster Fuller, and involves sleeping 4 times a day for 30 minutes. The chances are that he indeed had this gene mutation, and could get by on very very little sleep. Along with his incredible passion for learning and engineering, his busy mind would have never been bored, and so never succumbed to a fatigued state induced by boredom.

Classically, the schedule stands as 4x30min naps.


…but as we see more people adapt to different schedules we see that even Ultradian centric schedules have some kind of shift due to day light and night darkness. This may manifest as slightly longer sleeps at night and slightly shorter in the afternoons, so predicting a version realistic Dymaxion schedule we can look at something like this…


This article is not to detract people from experimenting with this schedule, but is to inform them so they can make the right choice for their lifestyle. It would certainly be amazing to find another person who has the passion, drive, and sleeping pattern as Buckminster Fuller!

August 23rd, 2012 by

7 comments on “Dymaxion Sleep”

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  5. Darfka Reply

    There is someone who posted what he did to achieve easily this sleep. I will try it and post here how it did go.

    “I came up with a similar idea about 10 months ago and have used it a few times with great success (never without it “sticking”). The first night, I spent 30 minutes sleeping, 30 minutes awake, alternating during the usual 8-hour block from my monophasic sleep schedule. The next day, I slept 30 minutes out of every 2 hours until that evening when I pushed it back to 30 out of 3 hours. Then throughout the second day, I had only slight sleepiness as I pushed naps back further until, by day 4, I was fully adapted to the Dymaxion schedule (30 minutes every 6 hours). I’ve been able to stick with Dymaxion for stretches as long as 5 months, stopped only be outside factors.
    The first time attempting this was with an initial adaptation after being primarily monophasic for over 3 years – I was fully adapted in 4 days as I just described. I used it again for two other adaptations after needing to be temporarily monophasic for 2 two week periods. Those adaptations were both completed after 2 days. No zombie periods, but it was tricky to be 100% on the schedule during the first 2 days – clear your schedule before beginning this! ”

    Source (check the comment zone): http://www.puredoxyk.com/index.php/2011/05/15/cool-idea-the-naptation/

  6. Caroline Middlebrook Reply

    This is really interesting! I am actually starting an experiment this year to transition through various sleep cycles and ultimately I would like to try to get to Dymaxion. I like the idea of just tweaking the basic schedules to suit the individual. I’m not sure how far I’ll get but I’m blogging about it at my site. Click my name if interested!

  7. Thomas Reply

    I’m considering taking to the classic dymaxion cycle, however as I’m still in schooling I would like to know how modifyable it is before it bocomes ineffective. Or does it just make it more difficult to adapt to?


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