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Has anyone tried polyphasic sleeping, particularly only taking 20 minute naps every day? If your life was flexible enough to let you do this, would you?
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[User Picture]From: schexyschteve
2012-11-13 04:15 am (UTC)

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I have not tried it. I like sleeping too much to short-change myself like that.
[User Picture]From: actpassive
2012-11-13 04:47 am (UTC)

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same
[User Picture]From: crucified
2012-11-13 04:16 am (UTC)

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No, and I don't think I'd ever try it.
[User Picture]From: vinolent
2012-11-13 04:16 am (UTC)

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No and no.
[User Picture]From: grrillaesthete
2012-11-13 04:20 am (UTC)

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My father sleeps in 90 minute cycles and sleeps at odd hours. He was a chief engineer on a merchant ship, so he was essentially able to do this for most of his adult life. I don't know the specifics of his regimen though.

I would never do the polyphasic thing, I actually get a lot of enjoyment out of sleeping; it's not a waste of time to me. I have the flexibility in my life for this to happen, but I would never choose it.
[User Picture]From: lisasimpsonfan
2012-11-13 04:24 am (UTC)

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I have thought about trying it but I am kinda scared of how I would react mentally.
[User Picture]From: snooji
2012-11-13 04:28 am (UTC)

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I haven't checked it out fully, but this random guy blogs about his experience with it. He admitted to feeling like a zombie at the beginning, but then afterward being really calm and relaxed. Seems like a good experience after the adjusting phase. I can't imagine going through that phase! D:
[User Picture]From: flying_colours
2012-11-13 04:28 am (UTC)

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I couldn't do this. I can't even take a nap without falling asleep for at least 4 hours. If I was forced to wake up after 20 minutes I would end up murdering someone!

I definitely need to do something about my sleep though, because I find it impossible to get up in the morning and it interferes with my life (being late for work etc.). Today/yesterday I slept from 8am to 7pm. Now I have to stay up all night just to have a chance of making it to work on time.
[User Picture]From: scaramoucher
2012-11-13 04:46 am (UTC)

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Without fail, I feel like crap after a nap, so I could never do this.

Well, never may be a bit harsh. But I'd feel like rubbish for a while and I would not want to put myself through that.
[User Picture]From: wristtattoos
2012-11-13 05:02 am (UTC)

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I don't think I'd have the willpower to wake up...I'm one of those people who sleep as long as possible. If left alone, I can sleep nearly 12 hours unaided. I sleep when I can...working overnights has royally fucked up my sleeping schedule. If I had the option, I'd be up from 8am-10:30-11:30pm every day.
[User Picture]From: striga
2012-11-13 05:14 am (UTC)

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Sounds like when I had a newborn who also only took 20 minute naps, day or night. It was torture. Anybody who would choose such an option has a brain that simply isn't built like mine.
[User Picture]From: annamarie326
2012-11-13 05:20 am (UTC)

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I essentially did a form of that for years. I wound up doing 24 hr medic shift 8 hr nanny shift 24hr medic shift 8 hr nanny shift 24hr medic shift each week or adding in school to take up the same number of hours for a couple years.

Basically I would take mini 30min or so power naps in the ambulance on the way to a call and then would drive to the next one so my partner could sleep. The rare times we got real sleep during a shift we took it and then I would sleep for ~4hrs after shift before driving to my nanny job.</p>

I definitely functioned on way less sleep than the average person and would not have kept up the schedule if I felt there were deficits. My largest stretch that I survived was 96 hours or so but as soon as I relaxed for a second I crashed for around 14hrs after that.

[User Picture]From: ducklings
2012-11-13 05:25 am (UTC)

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I am amazed at anyone who can sleep for eight hours straight. I sleep in short periods, but I tend to do it in one large chunk (like fall asleep a couple hours, wake up and lie there a few hours, fall asleep another hour, etc.). It's probably not that healthy

The twenty minute nap only thing would not work for me
[User Picture]From: encircleme
2012-11-13 08:12 am (UTC)

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actually before the invention of artificial light, that's how most people would sleep, 3-5 hour chunks separated by an hour of low-activity being awake (usually sex or meditation) idk why they classify sex as low activity tho
[User Picture]From: usnbfs
2012-11-13 08:27 am (UTC)

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If I could do it, I would. But for me falling asleep in half an hour is fast, so napping doesn't work.
[User Picture]From: loulita
2012-11-13 10:22 am (UTC)

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No and probably not.
[User Picture]From: reckoningnight
2012-11-13 10:25 am (UTC)

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I did something similar for a while (about two months) where a typical day was sleep 6a-10a, and then one or two naps, like 3pm-4pm/10pm-11pm. I missed the evening nap about half the time though because of my work schedule.

I liked it because sleeping isn't usually something I enjoy more than being awake, and sometimes after a full 8-10 hours of sleep, it takes me a while to really wake up and get past the grogginess.

If my life was flexible enough to do the 20-minute naps, I totally would.
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[User Picture]From: melontree
2012-11-13 11:37 am (UTC)

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Not 9 full hours, 7 or 8 on average.

Otherwise I agree fully.
[User Picture]From: melontree
2012-11-13 11:35 am (UTC)

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That sounds totally insane. I have a psychology degree and I am a social worker doing my masters, and I can tell you that there are a lot more studies than just the one from the 1930s he quotes that prove 7-8 hours of sleep per night is healthy, anything less and you tend to be unhealthy. There are many, many studies that prove that those who don't get enough sleep die at a younger age, and those who sleep in the day and stay awake at night are prone to cancer.

I would not try this.
[User Picture]From: snooji
2012-11-13 12:54 pm (UTC)

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I'm not planning on trying this at all, just thought it was interesting and wondered if anyone has!
[User Picture]From: shinygobonkers
2012-11-13 01:30 pm (UTC)

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kinda. not 20 minute naps, but like anywhere between half hour and 2 hours at a time tops. super busy schedule and deliberately keeping myself awake to finish things and such. it is true that your body adjusts/goes into deeper sleep right away (and ever since that time I've had the ability to fall asleep almost immediately almost anywhere, aka what I call my hobo sleep skills) and you can function like that, though in my experience you do feel shittier/more sleep deprived.. on the other hand, in my case i often wasn't getting the ~6 or so hours total that I need as bare minimum to feel ok, and my eating habits were also very poor at the time, so its hard to really judge.

the 20 minute thing is a bit extreme for me, but sometimes i naturally sleep in 2-3 hour chunks (wake up, do stuff, go back to sleep, etc.) and I can also do 2-4 hours sleep at night and a couple half hour or hour naps during the day and feel fine for several days straight like that. caveat being that for some reason i can nap anywhere except my actual bed during the day, lol.

i tend to shift towards this when need the extra time, but its not really a permanent thing. when i was doing the barely sleeping thing mentioned above, i sometimes had incidents when i would accidentally fall asleep for 16 hours straight (missing an entire shift at work) etc.

but im one of those people who, except for when really depressed, do kinda see sleep as waste of time, so
[User Picture]From: firecracker_sj
2012-11-13 02:10 pm (UTC)

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It would be nice to have all that extra time available, but I just really like sleeping.
[User Picture]From: xenosphobatic
2012-11-13 04:20 pm (UTC)

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I think I remember a friend of mine from High School got on this schedule. If I remember correctly, his biggest gripe is that the schedule puts you on very tight time deadlines on when and where you have to be so that you can sleep.

If I had some sort of job where I had to be up almost all the time, I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea. Other than necessity though, no. I'm already on a 3rd shift sleep schedule, I'd rather not mess things up further.
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2012-11-13 05:51 pm (UTC)

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no, but a close friend did.

he said it was super hard to adjust, but that once he did he felt really productive because he had all this extra time on his hands. but then he hadto quit when he got a new job.

i wouldnt bother.
[User Picture]From: xlightbringerx
2012-11-13 07:36 pm (UTC)

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My brother-in-law tried that and I don't think it worked out that well for him. At first it seemed to, because then he could do whatever he wanted at any point in the day, but then he started to get too sleepy and it messed up his schedule. (He tried it when we were living with him.)

My husband does something like that every day...he takes an hour-and-a-half nap after work, stays up super late, goes to bed, and wakes up in time for work the next morning.

I tried to do the same thing as my husband and it totally sucked. I need 8 straight hours of sleep to keep my brain functioning. I'm a deep sleeper.
[User Picture]From: surprisesex
2012-11-14 02:20 am (UTC)

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I've tried it but I think you need to be healthy to pull it off long-term. At the time I was still eating gluten and super lethargic. Now my schedule is pretty crazy, but I' like to try it again someday.