monophasic

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to start a polyphasic sleep cycle? What was your adjustment period like? Is it hard to keep the routine?

I was wondering when someone would come asking about this!

For those not aware, polyphasic sleep means sleeping multiple times during one 24-hour period. Doing so generally lets people spend less time sleeping overall. Here are a few examples of polyphasic schedules:

The most extreme form of polyphasic sleep, Uberman, is comprised of six 20-minute naps, totaling only 2 hours of sleep every day. I currently sleep on an Everyman schedule—I take three 20-minute naps every day and a 3 hour core sleep. This is my old monophasic schedule compared to the Everyman one I use now:

 

So to answer those questions…

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So I'm thinking of adopting a polyphasic sleep schedule

Because I cannot keep to the normal monophasic sleep cycle the rest of the world is on. Even when I have a job it just doesn’t work out.

The Everyman sleep cycle requires less sleep and is a lot less harsh during the adjustment period than other polyphasic sleep cycles. It also includes a core nap instead of just being made up of a ton of little naps throughout the day, which I feel would mess with me and my going to bed ritual a lot less. Also, I would probably actually use my bed for that one. I tend to just use a blanket and lay on my bed backwards when I take naps.

I get the blanket thing, what with naps being short and all, but have NO idea where the laying down backwards thing came from. Or when it started, for that matter.

And I can’t do it at night. I always end up waking up at strange hours. Being backwards on my bed must inherently create a naptime effect where I don’t sleep for long periods of time. I don’t know. =P

Point being, I’m officially nocturnal as of this week and every single time I try to get back to not being nocturnal it fails horribly.

So why not screw nature and stay up all night without actually being a frikkin’ vampire, says I.

anonymous asked:

Have you heard of polyphasic sleep?

I hadn’t before, but I just looked it up and the theories about how it may be our natural sleeping pattern are actually really interesting. (Polyphasic sleep is when you sleep multiple times in a 24-hour period—usually more than two, in contrast to monophasic sleep (once per day).

We assume we are meant to sleep in a 7/8 hour block every night to maintain good health but it seems like that’s a bit of a myth. Sleep historian Roger Ekirch talked about how early humans may have slept in two four-hour blocks, which were separated by a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night lasting an hour or more. During this time, some might stay in bed, pray, think about their dreams or talk with their spouses before going back to sleep. 

It’s an interesting thought because when we wake up in the middle of the night its common to panic that we won’t get the sleep we need, but if we can recognise that it is a natural part of our sleep cycle we can learn to accept it.

sexo-suor-prazer  asked:

What is pholyponic dream? (I think I spelled it wrong)

I meant to correct the last ask, but polyphasic sleeping.


Basically it’s where you take short naps instead of long monophasic sleeping.

Instead of sleeping 8 hours, you sleep two times three hours each (yes less than the whole amount, that’s the benefit of it - you can sleep a few hours less this way and feel more alive and awake when you wake up)

It takes a month or two to get into, and the first week is painful because you are running on straight sleep deprivation because your body isn’t used to it, but after that its great.