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Polyphasic Sleep Doesn't Work Well


#1

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/04/polyphasic-sleep-the-return-to-monophasic/

The guy who was trying polyphasic sleep terminated his experiment and went back to a normal sleep pattern.
Conclusion: polyphasic sleep per se works fine, it even doesn't seem to interfere with working out, but it's annoying for social reasons.

Note: Polyphasic sleep = take 30 minutes naps every 4 hours (i.e. 6 times a day, total 3 hours of sleep / 24hr) instead of a normal 6...7 hours continuous sleep..


#2

There is a guy that does 20 every 4-5 hours. Been on it for 6 months now. He tried moving up to 30 minutes and said it was terrible.

I'll try to find the link.

I've also heard of more 4 hours 2x a day.


#3

Maybe he should have watched the Seinfeld episode where Kramer tries something like this...


#4

That's probally where he got the idea.


#5

Leonardo De Vinci was rumoured to have done this.


#6

I did something like this in the Army (not by choice either). We basically moved around for 4 straight days and nights, only sleeping when we stopped, which lasted anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour. I don't recommend it.

DB


#7

Wouldn't you slowly go insane after awhile, being deprived of R.E.M. sleep?


#8

The guy who still does it enters REM sleep almost right after he hits the pillow.

At that rate He'd still manage 2 hours of REM Sleep. Not sure what the average is for everything else. He has pulled it off and still swears by it though.


#9

No shit? I didn't know that was even possible.


#10

Holy shit. I'd love to try this.


#11

The main thing I'd personally worry about with it is how would working out work?

Seems like a really bad idea for that...


#12

From what Ive read about it, you basically train your body to immediately enter REM sleep. The 20 to 30 minutes you get is enough to provide you with a boost for the next few hours. However the reports and logs I read on it said after the few hours is up you basically become a Zombie, It felt the same as going 18 - 22 hours after a normal nights sleep.

The guy I read got so good at it he could sleep sitting up at his work desk without a timer and would just pop right up after 20 - 25 minutes.