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Many people who wish to pursue a polyphasic sleep schedule do it for the health benefits. Polyphasic sleep can possibly help with both physical and mental health. It does so by splitting up the monophasic sleep block into multiple parts and by providing more time for self-care. The extra waking hours will become available for self-care.

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Adenosine Alertness Hypothesis

Adenosine Alertness Hypothesis

Regarding adenosine, there are currently two main hypotheses that explain why:

  • A reducing monophasic sleep schedule does not work.
  • Why less-TST polyphasic sleep schedules need a shorter duration between sleep episodes to work than schedules with a higher TST.

At the moment, there is more evidence for the adenosine alertness hypothesis than the light sleep wakefulness sustaining hypothesis. However, there are still uncertainties with both hypotheses; neither explains the whole situation fully.

In this article, you will learn about the evidence for each hypothesis, what they explain and otherwise.

Sleep Patterns of Tribal People

Sleep Patterns of Tribal People

Whether human sleep is naturally polyphasic has always been a fascinating concept. In fact, many literature and research sources have suggested so. In this example, various tribes in the world adopt polyphasic sleep schedules. They naturally fall upon these schedules even for generations. Find out more about their sleep patterns…

Famous Polyphasic Sleepers

Famous Polyphasic Sleepers

We ever wondered how famous people sleep to achieve all the astounding success in their lifetime. Here, we know that polyphasic sleeping has had a long journey throughout the length of history. Common sleep patterns are segmented and biphasic sleeping

The Forbidden Zone of Sleep 

The Forbidden Zone of Sleep

The forbidden zone of sleep (FZS) is a period of time of natural wakefulness right before the onset of nocturnal sleep. During this period, the body has a high tendency to resist sleep and it is usually impossible to fall asleep. Under normal sleep conditions (based on normal nocturnal monophasic sleep and no sleep deprivation), FZS hours vary from 19:00 to 21:00 or 22:00

Autogenic Training: A Potentially Visionary Relaxation Method for Polyphasic Lifestyle

Autogenic Training: A Potentially Visionary Relaxation Method for Polyphasic Lifestyle

There are various ways autogenic training can be used as a technique to help improve sleep quality, dream recall frequency and mental state by tapping into the stress system in the body and stimulating rest mode. Autogenic techniques include, but are not limited to: using visuals and imagery inside the mind, focusing on muscle functions to reduce their activity, slowing heart rate, breathing, and personal imagination as instructed…

A Method to Sleep Polyphasically Without Alarm Clocks

A Method to Sleep Polyphasically Without Alarm Clocks

One important question is whether it is possible to sleep without alarm clocks while on a polyphasic schedule and successfully adapt. With all the analysis of the mechanics of cortisol secretion pattern and cortisol awakening response (CAR), it then becomes necessary to pose a question: Can polyphasic sleepers manipulate/abuse cortisol secretion mechanics to help prevent oversleeping during adaptation and possibly enable them to sleep without alarms during and after the adaptation phase? To answer these questions, it is necessary to understand that cortisol might not be a sufficient method to ‚Äúwill‚ÄĚ oneself to wake up around the time alarm goes off or any time they want (regardless of sleep duration). And to what extent can this mechanics be abused requires more research on certain processes in the human body that are involved with sleep-wake control under polyphasic sleeping conditions…

Cortisol Secretion Pattern in Polyphasic Sleeping

Cortisol Secretion Pattern in Polyphasic Sleeping

Cortisol is known as a primary stress hormone in the system that is responsible for fight-and-flight responses as well as generating other chemicals when humans react to stress. A vast array of factors contribute to the rise of cortisol in the body, and chronic elevation of cortisol levels is detrimental to human health (e.g, constant stress exposure, overloaded work, sleep issues). With regards to sleep, cortisol levels can be affected by many simultaneous factors as well (e.g, sleep disturbance, early waking, depression, early stress in the day and several other psychiatric disorders like PTSD)…

Yoga: The Ultimate Ally of Polyphasic Sleep

Yoga: The Ultimate Ally of Polyphasic Sleep?

Yoga is a sum of multiple spiritual¬†discipline practices¬†that originate from India ‚Äď these practices include, but not limited to stretching, breath control, meditation, guided relaxation, static postures. One of the core premises of yoga is to achieve¬†balance¬†and¬†calmness in the mind. A lot of benefits of yoga have been recorded with little to no adverse effects. Up to date, there are a few polyphasic sleepers who practice yoga, with decent to good results for nocturnal sleep. More research is needed between polyphasic sleep and yoga especially on schedules with higher amount of sleep reduction (more shortened nocturnal core sleep than traditional biphasic schedules). At face value and current anecdotal reports, yoga is claimed to be a good addition in most polyphasic sleepers‚Äô lifestyle…

Three Noons and Their Importance in Determining Circadian Shifts

Three noons and their importance in determining circadian shifts

It is likely uncommon to hear of the existence of “three noons” and their importance for circadian shift. The circadian rhythm is a biological rhythm in charge of timing many bodily processes…

Planning a Polyphasic Schedule for the Four Sleep Chronotypes

Planning a Polyphasic Schedule for the Four Sleep Chronotypes

Sleep chronotypes are familiar concepts that have been around for a long time. In the context of polyphasic sleeping, sleep chronotypes may be apparent to polyphasic sleepers. Much as the background information remains unclear for polyphasic sleeping, it may be necessary to utilize sleep chronotypes for better sleep timing and health benefits…

NoFap and Polyphasic Sleep

NoFap and Polyphasic Sleep

The first month is likely going to be tremendously difficult to maintain, and will likely result in failure, due to the enormous change in lifestyle that it entails. Pornographic photos are also everywhere on the internet, which means that withdrawal symptoms from the addiction are going to be returning again and again. Withdrawing from a masturbation addiction invokes similar withdrawal symptoms to smoking, using drugs and stimulants, which means that strong mental barricades are going to need to be established to succeed. But most importantly, the whole process can be seen as a way of increasing one‚Äôs discipline…

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Page last updated: 29 June 2020