The Ole’ “If You Could Hibernate” Debate

If you could hibernate for 1 month each year and only need 4 hours of sleep for the rest of the year, would you? What would you do with the extra time each day?

I discussed this with some friends earlier this week when St. Louis started to get cold. The overall consensus–and my opinion too–is that I think I would do it, probably in February.

Logistically, it would be a bit tricky. I have a business to run, and I would be unavailable to do so for a full month. I would have to hire someone to run the core aspects of the business while I’m sleeping for 28 days. I’d miss out on seeing friends, and my nieces, nephew, and cats would always be a little bigger when I woke up, but that’s fine.

(Sidenote: Why don’t domesticated animals hibernate?)

The benefits seem immense. I currently need 7-8 hours of sleep a night to be functional the next day–imagine what I could do with an extra 3-4 hours each night for 11 months! I could design, read, write…I would add nearly 1,000 waking hours each year.

What do you think? Is the tradeoff worth it for you? Which month would you choose and what would you do with the extra time?

Also, sci-fi note: Are scientists working on the concept of human hibernation for deep-space travel (or other purposes)?

Read also: A Toast to Hibernation