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What is polyphasic sleep?


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Polyphasic sleep is a sleeping pattern (or sleeping hack) intended to compress total sleep time to 2-5 hours per day. To achieve this sleeping pattern, one takes short 20-45 minute naps throughout the day. This allows for more waking hours with relatively high alertness.


Most people sleep in a "Monosphasic" pattern, like this:




Someone following the "Uberman" pattern sleeps like this:




Polyphasic sleeping habits are myriad; there is no "one" model. Most people start with a common baseline and work out some variation on it that works for them.


There's a really lovely pattern generator you can play with here:




Click on the "Sleep" tab, and you'll see pretty much all of the well-known patterns people have experimented with.




I'd love to start a new experiment, but it will take some planning with 3 kids ;)


If anyone else here has tried this let us know how it went for you.

Edited by Cosmo
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