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Would You Consider Biphasic Sleep?

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Would You Consider Biphasic Sleep?

Recently, my sister and I spoke about our sleep patterns when we were young. I was a rock. The kind of kid who needed hours and hours of sleep. I slept so heavily that I once fell on the floor, woke up and decided to keep sleeping.

My sister was a little more sensitive to noise and light and the smell of popcorn, which our parents seemed to make often. She would find her way into the parent’s bedroom most nights, then back into hers.

We both grew up to be functional, kind adults, so one might wonder if the type of sleep really matters (although I became a writer, so you might want to question my lifestyle choices).

The type of sleep most of us consider “normal” as adults is also known as monophasic sleep. This became popular in the industrial age, when working hours increased. (1)

Other countries have made biphasic sleep the norm, and some would argue that this is the more natural way to sleep. (Too late for me with my nine hour a night habit. You can’t take that away from me!)

Biphasic involves a longer period of rest at night, say 5-6 hours and then a siesta mid-day for the length of one sleep cycle (around 90 minutes). Some also take segmented sleep, which is just as it sounds, with a wakeful period right in the center of the night.

Some wonder, if segmented sleep is a healthy way to get your zz’s, is insomnia just a regular part of the sleep-wake cycle?

Food for thought.

While insomnia can breed anxiety, those who have tried biphasic sleep have said that the wakeful time was deeply relaxing. It is all in the perspective. If you expect to wake up in the middle of the night and used that time to tap into your divine inspiration, would it be nearly as stressful?

In order to have this feel truly relaxing and to get your 8 hours, this may mean hitting the hay a little earlier than usual (one experimenter put himself to bed at 7pm). (2)

Children often have a biphasic sleep cycle (as a mom of a toddler, let me tell you, naps are everything). We condition ourselves to sleep once a day and many of us drag through the day with limited energy, trying to perk ourselves up with caffeine.

 

 

1.     What is biphasic and polyphasic sleep? Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319425.php Retrieved 4 April 2019.

2.     Biphasic Sleep: What Two Weeks Of It Did For Me. Renaissance Humans. https://renaissancehumans.com/what-two-weeks-of-biphasic-sleep-did-to-me-polyphasic-sleep/   Retrieved 4 April 2019.

3.     5 Companies That Encourage Power Napping. Sleep.org. https://www.sleep.org/articles/5-companies-encourage-power-napping/  Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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4.     What Is Biphasic Sleep And How Might It Benefit You? Sleepopolis. https://sleepopolis.com/blog/biphasic-sleep/  Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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