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Would You Consider Biphasic Sleep?

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Would You Consider Biphasic Sleep?

What if it were socially acceptable for you to just have a nap?

Some forward thinking companies encourage sleeping at the office. A nap a day can reduce stress levels and increase alertness. Google has the EnergyPod chair for its employees, which feature a privacy visor and built-in music to wake you from slumber. (3) The Huffington Post has “nap rooms.” Even NASA has the EnergyPod system to encourage “creative problem solving.”

If you don’t work for such a forward thinking-company, but you tend to wake in the middle of the night, you might want to consider biphasic sleep. You can think of dividing your sleep into “first sleep” and “second sleep.” This is a very natural way to sleep, even though our circadian rhythms have been greatly disturbed by inventions such as the lightbulb and the Smartphone. It is recommended that you use your awake time for other endeavors other than feeding yourself a steady stream of cute kitten videos.

Biphasic sleep can help to reduce insomnia anxiety, enable flexible scheduling (ahem, parenting) and yield the benefits of power napping.

It might not be for everyone, but it is certainly a way to consider boosting your cognitive function. (4)

 

 

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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