Instead of a straight-shot 6-8 hours of sleep, Polyphasic sleep involves taking multiple short sleep periods throughout the day. Each sleep period being 20-30 minutes long. According to Wikipedia, Polyphasic sleep pattern is intended to reduce sleep time to 2–5 hours daily. This article suggests that it will take a week to get used to. During the first week you may experience sleep deprivation; but after that your body will get used to it. So what are the benefits. Well, some people are reporting: more energy throughout the day, higher alertness, more vivid and lucid dreams and more time to do other things throughout the day. Eating more has been reported as a side effect of Polyphasic sleep. The increased eating pattern is caused by you sleeping less and spending more energy throughout the day. So, what about work schedules? Well, maybe its feasible for people who work from home (or don’t work at all). The article indicates that the long term health effects of this sleep pattern aren’t well known.
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