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Posted 7/15/10
I would try this but..I think it will be hard for me coz I'm still young..
and I really think sleeping at 7-10 hours a day is better.. and healthier..and safer.. :p
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Posted 7/15/10
sounds kool
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I wouldn't recommend that form of sleeping. We need our sleep and science doesn't yet know all the benefits of a good night's sleep. Polyphasic sleep probably has many disadvantages. Eh...do more when you're awake?
Posted 7/15/10
Whatever you wanna do but it sounds pretty rough

I read that people who don't get 8 hours sleep a night gain weight pretty fast.

I want to stay slim
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Theoretically it sounds fine, but there's too many factors which, for most people, prove to be unfavorable.

1. Getting into the new sleep pattern is literally torture for your body. Can take a low as one week and as long as two weeks where your body wants to stay in Day-Night sleeping pattern, but eventually will go "FUCK IT, you win" and follow the new pattern.

2. Polyphasic Sleeping pattern leaves little room for time adjustments. Just as how when someone who wakes up normally at 7 am & sleep at 10 pm will experience heightened fatigue past 10 pm, individuals who follow the Polyphasic Sleeping pattern will experience more severe drawbacks if their sleeping schedule is suddenly disturbed. In comparison to night-day sleeping, since you're leaving little wiggle room for extended awakeness, your fatigue will be more severe. Fall short by even 30 minutes into your schedule, your mental and physical capabilities will drop severely.

3. Any form of strenuous physical activity will harm the body more than it will do good. If you're a bodybuilder or engage in vigorous exercise, the body won't have enough time to recover. Normally exercise would be beneficial since your body repairs itself and becomes stronger in the process, but eliminate the repairing stage and you're stuck at repairing forever. This also applies to unexpected strenuous activity.

4. Meals have to be also be scheduled as well to keep your body nourished as a result of extended energy usage. Sleeping is a solid form of conserving energy and repairing harm to the body. By eliminating a good portion of your sleeping time, you end up spending more energy (plus any kind of repairing your body needs).

5. Your social life will be severely compromised. Depending on what kind of pattern you're following, it can be manageable or downright impossible to have a social life.

6. Society doesn't favor this method. The entire society is based on a "Work at day and sleep at night" schedule. By following your own schedule, you'll just end up conflicting with everyone else. It's only good if you are your own boss.

I've tried before and the end result is not worth it. For most people, by simply cutting back on procrastination and being more disciplined is a better solution for efficiency. IMO, Polyphasic Sleeping is only worth it if you're efficient to begin with and you strive to do more. It's like trying to hold concerts before you even learned the instrument - pointless.


Chained_Angel wrote:

Whatever you wanna do but it sounds pretty rough

I read that people who don't get 8 hours sleep a night gain weight pretty fast.

I want to stay slim


While the 8 hour rule and weight might be correlated, its not the direct cause of obesity. It's a matter of hormones. When you're sleep deprived, your body releases "hunger-influencing" hormones to help make up for the energy needed with less sleep. It's basically the body's way of helping you, but often times these hormones go unchecked. In addition, lack of sleep causes stress and there are many people who eat to relieve stress which also adds to this.

This basically means that when you're sleep deprived, counting calories and looking at nutritional facts serve as a better measuring stick than "I'm hungry" and "I'm full" mechanic that most people depend on.
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Posted 7/15/10
hmmm sounds cool but i would never do it i need to sleep lol
but good luck with your sleeping
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Well I am no longer a polyphasic sleeper, but I only sleep about 3-4 hours a night. So I am getting the same amount of free time as a polyphasic sleeper. I have insomnia and a lot of people that have insomnia turn to polyphasic sleeping, but my life is a little hectic currently.
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