March 3, 2014
An average person spends around a third of his day asleep. That means that in a year, you’ll spend 4 months sleeping if you put them all end to end; in a lifetime, you’ll spend approximately 30 whole years sleeping if you live to be 90 years old.
That’s crazy. Imagine 30 whole years snoozing and snoring on your beloved bed mattress. In reality, you can only really be productive during the two-thirds of your life. So, if you think that spending 30 years asleep is a waste, study up on “Polyphasic Sleep”, a method that involves sleeping in intervals in order to increase productivity during waking hours.
It’s a broad description, since anything as dozing off for a few minutes during a ride or in the middle of a lecture or meeting can be considered as an act of Polyphasic Sleep.
However, these bizarre sleeping patterns are more regular and discipline than just random acts of slumber. These sleeping patterns practiced by some individuals are definitely unusual and are seemingly farfetched compared to the normal evening to morning sleeping pattern we’re all used to.
This isn’t as bizarre as the following ones, but this is the most common polyphasic pattern of sleep that differs from the common monophasic sleeping pattern. Monophasic means that it’s only done once in a 24-hour day, which is the arguable most common pattern.
Byphasic sleep is sleeping for an hour or two less at night, and making up for it during the day sometime during the afternoon. It’s more commonly known as having a “siesta” or an afternoon nap. It’s helpful for instantly reinvigorating your strength and refreshing senses in order to continue with any activities in the afternoon. It’s helpful for reducing stress and increasing alertness.
This is where things start to get unusual. The byphasic pattern still contains the common nocturnal sleep which everyone is used to, but the Dymaxion sleeping pattern is when you sleep for 30 minutes every 6 hours for a total of only 2 hours of sleep a day. Now that’s crazy.
From a normal 7-10 hours of sleep to 2 is a drastic change. However, this is very difficult for the body to adapt to since it provides very little time of deep sleep, which the body desperately needs.
It’s a little closer to having a normal monophasic sleeping pattern since there’s one major sleep episode that lasts for only 3 and a half hours. Succeeding episodes, should there be any, usually lasts one hour shorter.
In addition to that are one or two 20-minute naps that can be spent between the two major episodes of sleep for a total of 6-7 hours of sleep. It’s more reminiscent of a college student’s sleeping schedule.
Comparable to the Dual Core pattern, but with only one major sleep episode of 3 and a half hours. For the remaining hours of the day, there are three 20-minute naps that can be spent during the day. This sleeping cycle is said to decrease grogginess by offsetting the natural fall of alertness as caused by the body’s natural cycle.
Similar to the Dymaxion sleeping pattern but a bit easier to manage, this also totals for 2 hours per day, which consists of 20-minute naps every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can sleep for 40 more minutes by taking eight 20-minute naps in a 24-hour period instead of six per day.
Now, these patterns really are bizarre, aren’t they? Well, they’re not for everybody as they’re experimental in nature. And even if you successfully adapt to any of the bizarre patterns, you’ll definitely have a hard time getting along with the rest of the world since you’re in an extreme minority that spends the day differently.
Have any of you guys tried out one of the sleeping patterns discussed above? Perhaps you’d like to try one of them in order to better adapt to your job or lifestyle? Do share us your stories on the comment section below.