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Is Polyphasic Sleeping An Healthy Alternative To Sleeping 6 To 8 Hours A Night
Unclear: Unfortunately most of the sleep research on this topic is short terms like on the order of months or less. Some people do seem to have genetic predisposition to do well polyphasic wise others not. Just as some do well on 5 hours of sleep and others need 9. It's hard to say with any definitive answer. Feel free to go forth, but be mindful to avoid operative heavy machinery while you try it out. ...Read more
Not likely: It isn't recommended. It results in disrupted schedules, usually less total sleeping time, ; of course disrupted sleep. Moreover, our rapid eye movement (rem) sleep cycles approx. Every 90 min., ; so you may lose that pattern. Rem sleep is important ; is linked to consolidation of memory. 16 year olds shouldn't try to substitute "power naps" for good quality sleep. Please refer to a sleep med. Dr. ...Read more
What is the most efficient sleeping schedule for creative &productive lifestyle? How much helpful is polyphasic sleep of 20 minutes for every 4 hours?
Sleep: Generally sleeping 7-8 continuous hours of sleep is recommended. During polyphasic sleep you do have more time awake during the day but you don't completely have a chance to enter rem sleep, and if you do it is not long enough to be as beneficial as a full 7-8 hours would be. To be creative probably the 7-8 full hours, but to be productive polyphasic because you will have more time awake. ...Read more
Can you do polyphasic sleep (aka uberman's cycle) in a two-hour period instead of many 20 minute naps?
Sleep: Sleep is driven by circadian and homeostatic drives. Identify your daily pattern by maintaining a sleep diary for 2 weeks or so, read about sleep hygiene, you can google sleep diary and sleep hygiene etc sometimes melatonin and light therapy are used if you have delayed sleep phase or advanced sleep phase syndrome polyphasic sleep is recommneded in extreme militaty combat situations, nasa, free ru. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No Real Benefit: Polyphasic sleep is thought to help improve the quality of sleep and reduce the total overall hours of sleep needed. It has not really been shown to be more effective or beneficial for patients. If you're having sleep problems, you should see a specialist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. ...Read more
Not sure: There appears to be controversy for and against this. Although this may be helpful for those with "graveyard shifts". It appears that many people who did this went back to biphasic or monophasic sleep eventually. It may or may not fit your lifestyle as well? I think you could safely try it if your schedule permits. Here is a link to look at and try http://www.Wikihow.Com/adopt-a-polyphasic-sleep. ...Read more
Not an easy choice: If you go forth, you'll have to listen to your body as not everyone does well with a polyphasic schedule. Some pro's are more "awake" time and possibly increased sleep efficiency. Some risks are possible increased fatigue, decreased sleep efficiency(I know both a pro and con), and suboptimal memory consolidation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Polyphasic Sleep = : sleeping 3 or more times during a 24-hour period, in no specific pattern. It is a circadian rhthym disorder that may result from brain injury or dementia, though some adults choose it.Young adults need 7 1/2- 9 hours consolidated sleep at night. See http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetails.aspx?p=240&id=2053&np=297. ...Read more
No: Polyphasic sleep will ultimately cause the decrease production of growth hormone because polyphasic sleep results in less slow wave sleep. Hence, with decreased growth hormone production while growing, there will be less growth or better said...There will be stunting of growth. Not recommended. Get consolidated sleep to maximize physical growth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Polyphasic sleep can result in disrupted schedules, usually less total sleeping time, ; of course disrupted sleep. Moreover, our rapid eye movement (rem) sleep ("dream sleep") cycles approx. Every 90 min., ; so you may lose that pattern. Rem sleep is important ; is linked to consolidation of memory. Try not to substitute "power naps" for good quality sleep. Hope that helps answer your question. ...Read more
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