As we know, healthy sleep is critical to high performance. "Healthy" is a subjective term, however, and despite my attempts to get the recommended 7 hours of nightly sleep, I frequently only sleep around 4. I am fit and eat well and maintain a healthy weight. I deal with chronic pain secondary to rheumatoid arthritis, diagnosed at age 5 (I'm 40), and this undoubtedly affects my ability to sleep for any extended period of time; my wife says I toss and turn constantly while moaning or occasionally yelling (from the pain, I assume). I have taken medications and have not reacted well to them, so I don't take them anymore.
Today a co-worker (a developer and entrepreneur) told me he's using the Uberman sleep pattern, where you take naps throughout the day rather than sleep in one lump sum at night. He claims he's only slept 4 hours in the past two days, and he says he's more productive than ever.
I'm interested but am very wary of this approach. Do any of you have any experience with Uberman/polyphasic sleep that you would share with me?
Thanks in advance,