By bgjooon on July 1st, 2010 For those of you who have no idea what I’m referring to, here is an excerpt from DymaxionDuo explaining the argument: “Most people sleep on a monophasic cycle; that is, one core sleep that usually lasts around 8 hours long. In those 8 hours, a person will generally get about 2 hours of REM sleep.
From reading others' experiences, it takes 1-2 weeks for your body to adjust to the new schedule. The first few days, you basically deprive yourself of sleep; you still lay down for your naps, but more than likely won't sleep very well. After a while, your body starts forcing itself to get REM sleep when you take naps. The tough part here is to lay down when you are supposed to, and get up when you are supposed to.
Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle , which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history. The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. How is this possible?
The power of sleep Many of us try to sleep as little as possible—or feel like we have should. There are so many things that seem more interesting or important than getting a few more hours of sleep, but just as exercise and nutrition are essential for optimal health and happiness, so is sleep. The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!