Originally Posted by tropicality
Well the whole thing is that sleep is something that varies by person, it always has. But biphasic seems to have become more popular because it works for more than just a few. You see, others as well as I find that if we sleep for 6 hours monophasically then after a few days we kind of crash and end up being tired so we oversleep the next few days and it turns into a cycle of 6 hrs 6 hrs 6 hrs 8 hrs 8 hrs 8 hrs 6 hrs 6 hrs 6 hrs etc. But with biphasic sleep, it doesnt happen, it is just 6 hours of total sleep everyday. Now it might not always be optimal for everyone, but when it is it is a good way to reduce time spent in bed.
The reason I decided to do it? I have to make international business calls to the UK. And so therefore when I wake up in the morning I am able to do that. The UK is 7 hours ahead of me so when i normally used to wake up at 7:00 and be ready to go by 8:00 it was already 3pm in the UK and when I have class at 8:00 it becomes very hard to contact people in the UK. This is why getting up around 5am is very helpful and in the evening around midnight my time is not wasted either, I market on the internet and read stevepavlina's site
I totally agree with the 6-6-6-8-8- routine the way you put it. This is very much the same for me. I'm convinced by now (about 29 days) that I feel better with 6 hours biphasic sleep than 8 hours monophasic. Not only that, my "injections" of biphasic sleep (only because of scheduling snafus and either no nap or oversleeping--or both related) seems to have had a relatively long term effect on my feeling of being rested. Wierd but true...
The reason I'm really putting in the time, focus and energy to explore this is to see if I can routinely get up to play/practice music at 3:45am before heading off to work, and at the same time stay up late enough to have a nice evening with family and friends.. So night time has become something like 11:15 to 11:30pm -------> 3:45am as long as I get 1:30 hrs in during the day. I'm tinkering with the details as you can see. I'm also looking at some other potential gains--the effect on potential for jet lag...doesn't seem to matter much as long as I get my 2 blocks in, so far anyway....
Originally Posted by Scott Bird
Gordon, skepticism is good. That's why I did a 30 day trial of biphasic sleeping
before making a commitment to change one way or the other. I simply wanted to find out - as you do - why people do it.
There are many benefits, but the biggest one for me is still the increased quality of sleep. If you're already sleeping quite well, this may not sound like much. However, if your sleep is less than perfect, it can be an enormous change.
The bottom line : try it. If it doesn't fit in with your lifestyle, simply stop doing it. After a few weeks you'll see what all the fuss is about.
I so agreee with the improved quality of sleep. I'm amazed at how deeply and fully I sleep during naps as well as night time...
Good luck, give it a try if you like. I think that like a lot of things that are not hazardous to try, it makes sense to experience this before getting too much into the theoretical aspects...then go for the theory when a question comes up, just my 2c....