Originally Posted by David Hausladen
The article dismisses successful polyphasic experiments (such as Steve Pavlina's), saying of them, "I won't quote or link to these as I found them quite disingenuous, and transparently carrying a hidden agenda. These would dilute the truth and hype a potentially hazardous habits."
It was written in January 2005, which predates Steve's experiment. Your statement makes me think you know of other successful polyphasic experiments. I am an accomplished web searcher, but I cannot find them. I often see a blog where someone says "I'm giving up, but this other guy I know is still at it." But, the still-at-it guy isn't logging their results on the web anywhere. I know the article has faults, but it did make me wonder where the success stories are. Usually the people that claim they were having good results quit after a couple months claiming it's incompatible with their schedule. This may be true in all cases, but I'm skeptical. Given how alluring the idea is to people like us, isn't there just one blogging person who can sustain this practice for years?
I'm not a biologist, but I can imagine the enhanced alertness and mental performance being a result of the stress of the unusual sleep patterns. The body tends to work very well under stress, because it increases your chance of surviving a dangerous or scary event. It's not built to do that for very long, though...
I don't want to come across overyly negative, and certainly don't want to sway people that want to try it. I was just surprised no one had mentioned that article yet in the discussion, and I thought it was pretty good food for thought.