The Idea Behind Polyphasic Sleep
The principle behind Polyphasic Sleep is both simple and logically correct: Human beings function at a higher level and need less total sleep when their daily sleep periods are divided into multiple cycles of mid-length core sleep and short naps. Polyphasic sleep concept also has a scientific background. It is well known that our brain wakes up multiple times during the long sleep period.
Better, healthier, more restorative sleep in fewer hours.
Waking up feeling totally alive instead of half
dead = less time powering down caffeine.
A longer day equals more time for you to simply be yourself.
Insomnia Relief: Most Polyphasic Sleepers fall into a deep sleep within minutes.
Various Sleeping Patterns
Our monophasic sleep is not a
natural way of sleeping.
While we may, depending on our type of sleep, metabolic rate and other factors, actually need only five to eight hours of sleep, Mother Nature has given us a daily average of 12 hours of darkness. As a result, humans living in the pre-artificial light ages developed what has come to be called a “biphasic” sleep pattern in which people cycled between sleep states and waking states all during those long dark nights. Reportedly the norm until the late 1800’s when the development of electric lighting and the lifestyle inherent in the phrase “Gay 90’s” caused people to stay awake long into the wee hours, the benefits of biphasic sleep -- and later polyphasic sleep -- over monophasic sleep have been documented in scientific studies and experiments made over a period spanning three centuries.
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World’s easiest & best mobile enabler for beginning and experienced polyphasic sleepers
For Polyphasic Beginners:
Schedule creation wizard: Automatically generates an optimal sleep schedule personalized for your lifestyle.
Adaptation planning: Transitioning to polyphasic? SmartSleep will create a gentle multistage adoption plan perfect for newbies.
Built-in knowledge base: Access a vast assortment of sleep facts and polyphasic tips right on your iPhone.
Customization made simple: SmartSleep regularly solicits your opinion on how you’re feeling and automatically adjusts your sleep
For Polyphasic Veterans:
Automatic notifications and alarms: Let SmartSleep take over the responsibility of controlling your schedule. Forget having to manually cancel notifications and reset alarms if you want to nap “right now.” One click on the "Sleep" button and the grunt work’s all done.
Sleeping by the numbers: SmartSleep automatically collects extended sleep pattern statistics and generates a color coded diagram that can be very useful in helping control sleep regularity. You can even share
your success with friends directly from inside the app.
Game & Entertainment-based alarms: Simply pushing a button to turn off an alarm is too easy (you might roll over and go right back to sleep) and no fun at all. With SmartSleep you can chose from a palette of
colorful “must-do” tasks to still the alarm and get you out of bed with a smile on your face.
The Key Feature - Schedule Adjustment
Missing a sleeping interval may, in some cases, have a negative effect. You could tire easily and start feeling sleepy. Is this a problem? Not with SmartSleep. Just a few taps and it will automatically generate a transitional sleep schedule that will soon have you feeling (and sleeping) great again.
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Power naps are one of polyphasic sleep’s secret weapons, a short (20-30 min.) sleeping session usually taken in the middle of the day. Virtually every bit of research on power naps proves that they help to refresh your mind, enable you to work more effectively and keep you feeling energized and rested all day long.
Polyphaslc sleep is all about dividing your daily sleep into several rigidly scheduled time periods. It replaces the average person’s chaotic approach to sleep with an organized approach. The subconscious mind becomes conditioned to expecting to sleep, needing to sleep, wanting to sleep at a specific time. Which eliminates one of the most common causes of insomnia, the subconscious desperately trying to send the message that it is simply not ready to sleep at the time dictated by the conscious mind.
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How Does Polyphasic Sleep Work?
Sleep is an iterative process in which the brain wakes up and goes back to sleep four to five times during every normal sleep session. In typical monophasic sleepers each of these four or five cycles lasts about 1.5 hours. Each contains five separate and distinct phases, some of which are essential to quality sleep and some of which are largely irrelevant.
Separating one long sleep session into several small ones does many positive things. It forces the body to utilize each sleeping period more efficiently by reducing the amount of time devoted to the less useful, more wakeful sleep phases. Relatively little time is allocated to phases one and two, which are basically devoted to adjusting your brainwave rate low enough to enter a deeper level of sleep. By the same token the third and fourth cycles, during which the brain performs such essential “housekeeping” tasks as healing and reenergizing get proportionally more sleep time. Finally, the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase, during which the brain is at its most creative, is given the largest slice of the sleeping pie.
Architecture of average person sleeping phases
Simple 3-Step Adaptation Strategy
Perfect adaptation strategy consists of several stages lasting 1–2 weeks depending on the individual.
In this initial stage your 7-8 hour sleeping period is split up into two 3.5-4 hour intervals with a 1.5-2 hour break in between. Typically, you won’t feel any negative effects as your body slowly starts to change its sleeping habits.
Learning to nap is the tricky part. First, you reduce the length of your second sleeping interval to two hours and try to take a half hour nap during the day. Generally, falling asleep for a daytime nap requires some patience and determination. You might start by just closing your eyes and trying to relax. Since you are sleeping less at night you may feel a bit sleepy in the middle of the day. Within a short period you’ll discover that you’re regularly falling into a deep restful sleep at exactly the time programmed for your nap.
Once you’ve learned how to nap, you can easily save even more time by converting your second core sleep interval into two 30-minutes naps. After another brief period of adjustment you should be able to cut your standard nap down to just 20 minutes.
As a polyphasic drop out, I doubt I would ever have been able to drop back in if not for your app. Before
SmartSleep, I had to set up my core schedules in a generic reminder program and my alarms in another
app. Changing one element required changing every other element manually ... nothing was synced
together. Simple mistakes like forgetting to turn something on or reset something else were causing me
to miss naps, oversleep and feel lousy. SmartSleep’s one-stop, fingertip polyphasic management system
is a totally stressless point-and-tap process that has me sleeping and feeling better than ever.
Before I discovered polyphasic sleep I was like the prototypical morning beast 365 days a year. Anybody
and everybody I woke with or in reasonable proximity to was in mortal peril until someone poured half a
pot of jet black caffeine into me ... now I wake up from my naps as mellow as my big lazy cat after one of
her naps. I also used to be a nocturnal tooth grinder big time. Now I wake up with my face relaxed, with
my jaw not aching from hours of grinding away ...
(make sure to go over this with your doctor)
You are strongly advised to rigorously follow your schedule and miss naps only in case of emergency.
Anybody with cardiovascular problems, any organ dysfunction or poor lymphatic function should not attempt to maintain any schedule that doesn’t allow 6.5-7 hours of sleep per day. In these cases a biphasic schedule of two 3.5 core sleeps usually works extremely well.
Persons under 18, should not attempt to implement any form of Polyphasic sleep. Segmented sleeping patterns can negatively impact the development of young, immature bodies and minds.
Though you may feel a bit “washed out” or sleep deprived during your first couple of days as a Polyphasic, the fully energized, totally alive feeling you’ll have once you’ve passed the adaption stage will amaze you. Since everyone is different, feel free to contact us for advice if you feel you are not adapting properly. Remember, some people simply need more sleep than others.