Originally Posted by kravin
Has anyone noticed a change in their eating habits / appetite when shifting to biphasic sleeping? I am thinking of giving it a go when I return from an interstate holiday in a few weeks and I'm just wondering what to expect.
For example, if I exercise after a long period of being a sloth, I notice that my appetite increases sharply, and then tapers off over a couple of weeks until it returns to normal. Has anyone had these kinds of effects with the longer waking hours provided by biphasic sleeping?
Also, I believe Steve mentioned his veganism as being an essential factor in his success with polyphasic sleep. Has anyone found they get more rest with biphasic by following one particular diet over another?
I had my major diet issues sorted out before I switched, which possibly aided the transition. The things that are known to affect sleep will still do so (caffeine, alcohol, some dairy, spicy foods, anything that's slow to digest etc).
A couple of personal observations. I get hungry shortly after waking from my nap, and usually grab some toast or something. This additional 'meal' hasn't really changed since I switched to a biphasic routine a few months ago, and hasn't had any impact on my weight, tiredness/alertness or anything else associated with sleep.
I've also noticed that on days where I drink coffee (maybe 2-3 times per week), my nap isn't quite as deep. Usually I drink green tea, which doesn't seem to have any impact on sleeping at all. Just to clarify, that's 2-3 cups of fairly strong cafetierre coffee on each occasion, and it's a minimum of 8 hours prior to the nap.