Most people sleep in what is called a monophasic pattern, but that is not the only pattern nor may it be the most efficient. In this article, we are going to go over the polyphasic sleep schedule which comes in many forms and is quite interesting.
Monophasic sleeping is when a person gets all their sleep at the same time meaning they sleep for 6-8 hours all at once. Polyphasic is sleeping at intervals throughout the day instead of sleeping all at once. For instance, sleeping for 4 or 5 hours and then taking a few 20-minute naps during the day. There are extreme versions of this like the uberman schedule which you can learn about by clicking here.
Many doctors advise against this kind of sleeping schedule, but those who do partake seem to really feel some kind of benefit from it. They have more time to do other things and do not seem as tired throughout the day. They train their bodies to function on less sleep, basically.
Ryan Berger of BuzzFeed actually tried this out and basically went by a sleep schedule where he got a little over 5 hours of sleep and is referred to as the Everyman schedule. By the time he reached day 5, he was quite delirious. You could tell in his video he definitely was a bit sleep deprived.
While you may be able to get on this schedule and do well, it is clearly not for everyone. Some people can function better with less sleep and others, not so much. Berger eventually caved by day seven and was ready for a nap. I don’t think I could last as long as he did, so props to Berger.
It seems a good in between is the biphasic sleep pattern where you separate your sleeping into two segments rather than one or several. So you would get 5 hours of sleep and then wake up to go about your day and then take a 2-hour nap and so forth. This is something many people do and it seems to work a lot better than polyphasic sleeping. As MedicalNewsToday reported, “No one person’s sleep requirements are exactly the same. Some require 8 solid hours of sleep for optimal function. Someone else, however, may lead a productive and healthy life on 5 hours of sleep per night with a short nap or naps during the day.”
Would you try this kind of sleeping pattern, or do you think it is completely nuts? I have my doubts, however, that isn’t to say that I wouldn’t at least try it.