|08-27-2007, 06:57 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Polyphasic sleep advice
Im 16, yea 16yrs old haha i know your gonna tell me im crazy for trying it but i am very interested in it. I believe if i could successfully adapt to it i will be able to study more and do homework for school. I want to do 3-1 hour naps though. And then one really long nap once a week. for three days i was fine on three one hour naps a day, but they were unevenly spaced, yesterday i slept 12 hours straightm but not im going back to three 1 hour naps, evenly spaced though, one every 8 hours. DO you think theres any chance of this working?
|08-27-2007, 08:35 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington State
Honestly, based on my experiences as a polyphasic sleeper, I don't think it will work. Most polyphasic sleepers agree that there are two nap lengths that work best: 20-30 minutes and 90 minutes (+/- 10 minutes). Between those two lengths, most people wake up feeling groggy. With a naps-only schedule, it seems to be the length of time between naps that matters more than the nap length. Very few people succeed at dymaxion, the schedule with 30-minute naps spaced 6 hours apart. I'm less sure how evenly-spaced 90-minute naps would work, since it's just so inconvenient that people don't do it for long.
Also, there is very little research on the health effects of a polyphasic sleep schedule, but it has been speculated that if there are negative effects, they would be worse for teenagers.
There's a lot of information at Google Groups - Polyphasic Sleep, though be aware that since you're under 18, they'll ban you if you post.
If you're dead set on trying it anyway, I suggest you sleep 3 or 4.5 hours at night and take 2-4 naps during the day (20-25 minutes each).
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