posted on May, 31 2004 @ 08:21 AM
Since I already have a messed up sleep schedule (college student, go figure), I've started looking into alternative sleep schedules. In my searches,
I've come across what's known as "polyphasic sleep", which is basically where you sleep in several short periods during the day instead of one
long period (monophasic). One type of polyphasic sleep cycle is known as Uberman's, with the ideal cycle being something like six 20-30 minute naps
during the day. Allegedly great figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Buckminster Fuller followed this type of schedule for at least
part of their lives.
I'm wondering if anyone here has had experience with polyphasic sleep, follows a polyphasic schedule, or knows of any health issues that can result
from this? From what I've been able to find, little documented research has been performed, but those who do follow this type of schedule report
greater energy, while having more productive time during the day. Here's a couple links documenting people's attempts:
If this type of cycle is in fact perfectly healthy, I think it could be a great aid to society in our 24/7 world. Maybe a revolution in the day/night
paradigm? What do you think?
[Edited on 5/31/2004 by PurdueNuc]