A Complete Guide to Polyphasic Sleep

A polyphasic sleep cycle can potentially suit some people, and some swear by it. For others, this sleeping pattern is a complete nightmare. It all depends on your own preferences, lifestyle, and genetics. If you find it hard to sleep through the night or are a ‘short sleeper’, a polyphasic sleep pattern could be best for you.

Some people may choose to have polyphasic sleep for short-term periods. This includes students who have a lot on, those that are traveling a lot and crossing several time zones, or those that have irregular work schedules.

How to try a polyphasic sleep routine

If you think that a polyphasic routine may suit you, or you have a busy time coming up where it could be beneficial, it’s important to only try it for the short term, to begin with.

At the start, don’t limit your total hours of sleep, going from 8 hours sleep a day to 2 hours will be a huge shock to the system! Instead, reduce your long block of sleep for a few hours and then nap for the amount you have missed. So, if you normally sleep for 8 hours a night, reduce this block to 6 hours and have two 1-hour naps during the day at regular intervals.

For most people, this sleep pattern will only be sustainable for a short period, so if you start to feel the effects of sleep deprivation, move back to a biphasic or monophasic pattern.

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