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Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!

Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!
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? How is this healthy? Well the most important of every sleep cycle is the Stage 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which has been shown to provide the benefits of sleep to the brain above all other stages of sleep. This way, you still get the benefits of 8 hours of sleep without wasting all of the time it takes to get to REM cycles, resulting in a much more efficient sleep cycle. Uberman Cycle: 20 to 30 minute naps every 4 hours, resulting in 6 naps each day. Everyman Cycle: One longer “core” nap that is supplemented with several 20-30 minute naps. Dymaxion Cycle:

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Sleep is for the weak ! ^^ (I decided to switch on Everyman cycle) by zardorik Sep 3

it takes a couple weeks to get used to one of these new schedules but i think it would be worth it in the long run if you can manage. by adford Feb 6

I haven't tried it yet, I just want to :p I haven't tried cause of my schedule too by dakodakirby Jan 30

I tried to change my cycle in summer due to the fact that during the rest of the year is pretty difficult, but I coudent like I was sleppy tired all the time, but maybe with a long time doing it maybe is possible to get used to it by kgabela Jan 30

i tried it but i can't seem to get it to work but i know others online have so i don't know what the trick is. by bobnas Jan 30

I would guess that you'd have to be in good physical shape to start something like this; as lack of REM sleep is a root cause of heart disease and other ailments. It almost sounds like the sleep schedule can be just as brutal as a work out regimine! by quietmonsters Jan 29

Well, I kind of figured there must be other important parts of sleep but REM, but I don't really know enough about the whole thing. by kitteh Jan 29

Not sure what I think abouot this... by quietmonsters Jan 26

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