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Polyphasic Sleep: Facts and Myths. Contents The law of accelerating returns We live in the times of accelerating acceleration.

Polyphasic Sleep: Facts and Myths

The Moore's Law makes the world smaller, faster, more connected and more efficient. We are now able to touch and feel Kurzweil's generalization: the law of accelerating returns . The fast-living young generation is hungry for more. At the same time, the myth-making power of the human mind is now grotesquely amplified by the all-mighty Internet. Around the year 2000, a new meme cropped up in several blogs on the net: The Uberman's Sleep Schedule. The Uberman's Sleep Schedule The idea behind the Uberman's Sleep Schedule is to gain waking hours by sleeping the total of just 3 hours in 6 portions distributed equally throughout the day. Polyphasic sleep. Polyphasic sleep refers to the practice of sleeping multiple times in a 24-hour period—usually more than two, in contrast to biphasic sleep (twice per day) or monophasic sleep (once per day).

The term was probably first used in the early 20th-century by psychologist J.S. Szymanski who observed daily fluctuations in activity patterns (Stampi 1992). Findings Suggest That A Biphasic Sleep Schedule Not Only Refresh. Understanding Sleep: Deep Sleep, REM Sleep, Cycles, Stages, and. The power of sleep Many of us try to sleep as little as possible.

Understanding Sleep: Deep Sleep, REM Sleep, Cycles, Stages, and

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! Understanding sleep Sleep isn’t exactly a time when your body and brain shut off. The good news is that you don't have to choose between health and productivity. Stages of Sleep. Usually sleepers pass through five stages: 1, 2, 3, 4 and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Stages of Sleep

These stages progress cyclically from 1 through REM then begin again with stage 1. A complete sleep cycle takes an average of 90 to 110 minutes. Polyphasic Sleep. A couple days ago, I saw a post about polyphasic sleep on How to Become an Early Riser. It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. - Aristotle Are morning people born or made?

How to Become an Early Riser

In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting my stride each day until late afternoon. But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. . … and the next morning, I got up just before noon.

Hmmm… I tried again many more times, each time not getting very far with it. It’s hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. Ultradian Rhythms & the 20-minute Break. I had a Psychology teacher back at New College (who's now apparently an expert in the Klingon language), who used to talk about how the human body had these ±90-minute cycles.

Ultradian Rhythms & the 20-minute Break

And that if you could become aware of yours, you could do Great Things -- particularly because you could learn the optimal time to snag a nap versus, say, try to cure small-cell carcinoma. Not sure if this is exactly what he was talking about, but I am certainly fascinated by the idea of ultradian rhythms: Ultradians are the regular recurrence in cycles of less than 24 hours from one stated point to another, as certain biologic activities which occur at such intervals, regardless of conditions of illumination. Switching to Biphasic Sleeping? Start here. Since people who couldn’t attend have been asking me about the recent Conscious Heart Workshop last month, I’ll share some details about how it turned out, both from my perspective and that of the attendees.

Switching to Biphasic Sleeping? Start here.

As a refresher, what was unique about this workshop (our 11th since 2009) is that there was no pre-set theme and no pre-planned content or structure. The idea was to go with the flow of inspiration all the way through. It was also intended to be a co-creative event, meaning that attendees could influence how it turned out if they felt inspired to do so. Let’s start with what the attendees thought of it… Attendee Impressions. Effects of biphasic sleep on alertness and performance. In short photoperiods, human sleep is biphasic. THOMAS A. WEHR. The Power of the Sleep Cycle « Glen Rhodes.

Ok, I’ve been talking to people for a long time about the fact that you can get by on 6 or even 4.5 hours of sleep per day without question.

The Power of the Sleep Cycle « Glen Rhodes

The secret is NOT the amount of sleep, but rather the number itself; a multiple of 90 minutes will change your life. Easy way to reset your sleep cycle: Stop eating. Not eating for 12-16 hours can help people quickly reset their sleep-wake cycle, according to a new study from the Harvard Medical School.

Easy way to reset your sleep cycle: Stop eating

This discovery can drastically improve a person's ability to cope with jet lag or adjust to working late shifts. Scientists have long known that our circadian rhythm is regulated by our exposure to light.