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Doctor insights on: Is Polyphasic Sleeping Unhealthy For You

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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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What is polyphasic sleep?

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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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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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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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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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