Have you ever heard of polyphasic sleep? It's a system where you try to decrease the amount of time you sleep by only sleeping 30min every 4 hours. For one day, the time grand total will be only 3 hours of sleep a day instead of the normal 8 hours a day. There have been many studies regarding this method. Some say it works, some say you get nasty side-effects like insomnia and that sort of thing. Scary stuff, and it wouldn't really fit my time schedule either.
However, I DO want more time, and I need to find a sleeping schedule that suits me better than the regular 8 hours/night. For once, I'll probably start doing the night shift, meaning that I'll virtually no chance to sleep nighttime. I've done some research and came to the conclusion that the so called "triphasic sleep program" would be the best route to pursue.
What triphasic sleep means is that you only sleep 4,5h a day, but in three phases, thus 1,5h bursts. Why 1,5 hours you ask? Well, according to many studies done on sleep, 1,5 hours, or 90 minutes, is the amount of time it takes for the body to go through a so called "REM cycle", which basically means that you will have passed the deep sleep cycle and returned to a point where you can easily wake up again.
Doing this, you'll be able to save approximately 3,5 hours per day. Although that may not sound much, for one week (only counting week days) you'll save 17 hours. Over one year, that's 884 hours, or to put it simple: almost 37 DAYS. That's more than a month's worth of time awake! This means that your life will be a month longer every year, giving you the time to finish your homework, finish that essay before deadline or simply slack off. In theory anyways...
I don't know if it works, but I'm going to try this out for a month to see where it'll lead me. If it works out, it'll mean that I'll have loads more time on my hands to study, which is exactly what I need to do with my free time right now.