Originally Posted by Phi
I get by with 4 hours per night. Used to sleep 7-8 hours, but managed to reduce my need for sleep after some biphasic/polyphasic experimenting.
To get by with only 4 hours, I do 3 hours core in the night and 2-3 20 min. naps during the day (around 6 am, 1 pm and 6 pm). My core is usually from 10 pm to 1 am.
Originally Posted by Saidin
I just went from 8 hours a night to 6.5 hours a night of 'normal' sleep. No naps. What helped is having something to do in the morning. I (want to) work for myself a few hours before I (have to) go to work. This helps getting out of bed immediately when the alarm goes of.
I'd like to try biphasic sleep. However, my understanding is/was that the nap needs to be 90 minutes because of the 90 minute cycles you're supposed to sleep in?
Hi from another board (intention manifestation)
This is a real interest of mine. I am not clear on what is healthy and what is not overall in regards to sleep. There is research suggesting that sleeping more is better and that there is a health problem with sleeping too little. I'm not sure anyone knows the answer to that question. I'll bet, like a lot of other things, this is an individual matter.
I have found this:
I can regularly get up at 3:45am within a schedule of getting up, having a cup of good coffee, doing various things on the computer (now this forum added!) until 4:25am then feeding the cats, doing their litter and getting myself into my music room to practice guitar for two solid hours. Then I have breakfast, sometimes a little more e-work and off to my day job
, getting there early as well.
In order to do this, I do best with a half hour nap in the mid afternoon, or even as late as 5:30 if I don't get back til then.
Then I can stay up til about 10pm with my husband (and my grown daughter if she's around) That's important for family/marital life.
So, I'm sleeping 5:45 hours at night and getting an additional 30 minutes most days.
I'd like to have more time up if it turns out to be healthy. Maybe getting up at 2:45 instead of 3:45am. Any ideas how to keep energy and general health good doing with less sleep than I'm describing? I can't really count on putting in another half hour nap. Also, if I nap longer than 30 minutes it doesn't feel right although I've tried various ways to do that.
Ideas and experience would be most appreciated!
Phi, when you get up at 1am, do you do stuff at home, then go somewhere else? I'm asking because there seems a difference there between internal and external stimulation--if you go somewhere with a fair amount of public or people-related interaction, that's external stimulation which would keep me, anyway from nodding off although I might feel like it
. Also, how might that be if you could only do the 6am and 6pm naps? Do you think something like what you are doing is possible with just 2 naps spaced say 10-12 hours apart?
What references or information on biphasic sleep have you all found to be useful?