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Doctor insights on: Is Polyphasic Sleeping An Healthy Alternative To Sleeping 6 To 8 Hours A Night

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Is it healthy for me to practice polyphasic sleeping?

Is it healthy for me to practice polyphasic sleeping?

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

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Can an elderly person try polyphasic sleeping, would it be healthy?

Can an elderly person try polyphasic sleeping, would it be healthy?

Sleep: Elderly people need the same amount of sleep in 24 hours just as normal adults. Although they have more altered homeostatic and circadian drives due to multiple factors. Not sure what the term polyphasic refers to exactly. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy for a 16 year old to try out polyphasic sleeping?

Could it be healthy for a 16 year old to try out polyphasic sleeping?

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

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Can you attain deep sleep in four hours during polyphasic sleeping?

Can you attain deep sleep in four hours during polyphasic sleeping?

Yes: If you are talking about rem sleep, you can reach it on average in 90 minutes or less. You can have more deep sleep if you sleep 7hrs straight. ...Read more

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What is the most efficient sleeping schedule for creative &productive lifestyle? How much helpful is polyphasic sleep of 20 minutes for every 4 hours?

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

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Can you do polyphasic sleep (aka uberman's cycle) in a two-hour period instead of many 20 minute naps?

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 more

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Is 'polyphasic sleep' a good idea?

Is 'polyphasic sleep' a good idea?

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

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Do you ever hallucinate during polyphasic sleep?

Do you ever hallucinate during polyphasic sleep?

Sleep: While going to sleep hallucinations can occur and are called hypnagogic hallucinations. ...Read more

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Has polyphasic sleeping been demonstrated to work? What is the best form of it?

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

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Would i be able to exercise/workout when i'm in the uberman/polyphasic sleep schedule?

Why not exercise: If you're really trying this you'd just need to pick a wake cycle and exercise. You'd probably want to be consistant in your time. ...Read more

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I am thinking of a polyphasic sleep schedule. What are the pros and cons I should be aware of?

I am thinking of a  polyphasic sleep schedule. What are the pros and cons I should be aware of?

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 more

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What is polyphasic sleep?

Interval : Sleeping. Instead of accumulating all of your sleep in a single session, it involves taking shorter sleep intervals throughout the day. ...Read more

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What is polyphasic sleep cycles?

What is polyphasic sleep cycles?

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

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Could a high school freshman attempt polyphasic sleep?

Could a high school freshman attempt polyphasic sleep?

Sleep at night: High school freshman require adequate sleep time. In addition, the timing of sleep (that is, sleeping at night and not during the day) matter. See http://www.sleepeducation.org/ ...Read more

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Is polyphasic sleeping a good idea if you're still growing?

Is polyphasic sleeping a good idea if you're still growing?

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 more

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Could my polyphasic sleeping schedule seem like a good one to you?

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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Will I dream during polyphasic sleeping?

Will I dream during polyphasic sleeping?

Sleep: People usually dream when sleeping. Not sure why the polyphasic disclaimer. ...Read more

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