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Polyphasic Sleep – Can Sleeping For 2 Hours A Day Actually Make You More Efficient?

Is it at all possible to cut your sleep in half (or dare I say a quarter) without crashing and burning? It turns out that you can.

I’ve been looking into ways to get more out of my day. We’ve all wished for more hours in the day, or an extra day in the week for more productivity at some point in our lives. That, unfortunately, won’t change, however, there are ways to increase your daily hours of productivity if you’re willing to make some sacrifices.

Now, there are certain ways you can gain more hours, firstly, you could stop time-wasting with television, video games and socialising but where’s the fun in that?

The second plan of action would be to sleep less. But would that sort of sleep deprivation take its toll on your body? Surely you couldn’t sustain a lifestyle like that for long. As it turns out, you can. Don’t get me wrong, it won’t be easy to adjust, but it’s doable.

It’s called polyphasic sleep and it requires you limit your sleep to a minimum per day. Some people manage to go anywhere between 1-4 hours sleep per day. Allegedly, great minds in history such as; Leonardo DaVinci, Salvador Dali and Nikola Tesla (to name a few) had adapted to this method.

Where do I begin with Polyphasic Sleep?

How on Earth do you manage to go from approximately 8 hours to less than 4 without breaking down? In a nutshell, you drastically reduce the hours you sleep for bedtime and add 20-30 minute naps throughout the day.

The most crucial part of the sleep, known as ‘rapid eye movement sleep’. It lasts 20 to 30 minutes and it’s the part that helps your brain recharge your batteries and de-stress. If you can master this, you will be able to sink so much more time into tasks rather than losing a chunk of time to a block of sleep.

Once you can master the balance of napping, you should be able to get yourself into these quick deep-sleeps then you can use your time more effectively through the day. Just make sure you do your homework first.

In fact, if you dare brave the challenge and give it a go yourself, why not listen to our Sleepiest soundscapes to help you drift off in your quick 20-30 minute naps? They’re the perfect way to wind down without the distraction of a story that may stimulate your brain.

Sure, balancing it around your work schedule can be tough, but if you can get yourself to the point where you can nap through your lunch breaks, you’re well on your way to a more efficient life.

We have a testimony from a man who decided to give it a whirl

One man who works for Bright Side decided to give the polyphasic sleep challenge a go. His goals were to be able to plan tasks more effectively and fit in time for exercise.

In the video below, he talks about where to begin and gives day by day encounters of the first 2 weeks and how it made him feel, all the positives and the negatives and sacrifices and benefits that came with it. I would definitely recommend watching before you try. It could be the start of a great adventure, who knows, it might be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

Looking for ways to help you fall asleep faster? Debating whether or not to give Polyphasic Sleep a try? Either way, we recommend downloading our Sleepiest app to help you get on your way. Here’ you’ll find a ton of great sleep stories and soundscapes to aid you on your way to sleep. 💤

Harry J Bartlett

Harry J Bartlett

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