Originally Posted by ViceVirtue
Hi all. Could someone comment on the amount of impact missing a nap will have while on a biphasic schedule? Or perhaps how closely a nap can come to the main sleep and yet still be effective (e.g. nap at 11pm-12:30am, sleep 2am-6:30am)?
I'm interested in trying this out, but I know that I will not be able to accomodate a nap in the evenings every single night. I'd say at least once or twice a week I'm involved in activities after work and do not get home until 9-10pm. Most days, I am home by 6pm and would expect to begin a nap by 6:30-7ish.
Just trying to gauge how sensitive one might be to varying the schedule. Would you recommend biphasic sleeping if you were me, or is this only for someone with a very consistent schedule?
I've been asking these same questions. I've done a biphasic trial for about 34 days now. What I have found with missing a nap is that inadvertently I'll oversleep the night, although once or twice I've gotten up on time (I'm aiming at a total of 6 hours per 24, in a 1.5hr and 4.5hr block.)
How close a nap should come is another great question I've muddled around about. I've found that I can get by with ending a late nap maybe 1.5 hours before going to sleep for the night. Although this is far from optimum (if I do that every day, I'm more tired, possibly because of lengthening the time AFTER nightsleep and BEFORE napsleep, rather than because of a shorter time between napsleep and nightsleep, make sense?), it's better than skipping the nap altogether in that I'm a bit less likely to oversleep the following night.
My schedule variances have been major I'd say, mainly because of things that happen during the day. You can see them on the "post your polyphasic sleep logs here" thead. Looking at them I'd think I'd barely done this at all
.....however, I feel really great energy wise and I think it's been a real positive change, as crazy as it comes out on paper. I'm hoping to further refine this process, but I'm also wondering if doing it some of the time might just have a positive effect. Seems so for me anyway...hey, what might happen if I get it down straight more of the time...scary indeed
I'd give it a try and see what you can do about the later night days in your week. If you go the 1.5 and 4.5 hr mix, maybe you can find other times to get them in on those days? Judging from posts on this board and other blogging etc. I don't think a very consistent schedule is critical, although undoubtedly it would help!
good luck and keep us posted!
Originally Posted by hazerfazer
I've been lacking in energy for a long time. But I'm 16 and work out a lot so I would like it if I could possibly get an official study or something to show my dad eventually to see if he would let me do this. I think I might try it over winter break, I can't stand being tired all day long.
Hi hazerfazer, I've found substantial increases in baseline energy levels using biphasic sleep patterns. Polyphasic sleeping is quite a bit more radical and I haven't tried it, although it seems to work for some folks.
Biphasic sleep is not that far a drift from monophasic, usual patterns. Add a nap and shorten the night time sleep time a bit and you have it. Do have a look at the information on 90 minute cycles though, I think that's probably important.
Originally Posted by Scott Bird
There aren't any official studies (that I'm currently aware of) on biphasic sleeping. If you want something to show your dad, take a look at some of the reports from people (myself included) who've actually tried this - I've got links to a few on my site
If you're going to try it over the break, set out a time period for the trial (say 30 days) and the times each day you intend to sleep (perhaps 1.5 hours in the evening, and then 4.5 hours about 5 hours later).
Let me know if you - or your dad - have any questions on this type of sleeping. It's definitely worth trying.