Polyphasic sleep is the act of napping at regular intervals in a 24 hour period, and has been said to increase both time spent staying awake and creativity in the mind, as well as get rid of the drowsiness that occurs in the mornings.
This is different from the standard Monophasic sleep cycle, where on average we get our core sleep of 8 hours a day and spend the rest of the day trying to catch up.
Many free-lance bloggers have also made semi-livings creating polyphasic ’sleep blogs’ to map the adaptation process as their bodies adjust to their new sleep schedules and document what happens. These bloggers have all found many benefits associated with this practice, namely:
- The ability to have increasingly vivid REM sleep (dreams)
- The ability to remember your dreams
- Increased Creativity when awake
- Waking up without Drowsiness
- Much Increased free time
- The ability to fall asleep immediately upon will afterwards
ABOVE: a comparison between the amount of sleep time needed by an average person (left) as opposed to the time needed after adopting the Uberman sleep schedule (right).
Being a relatively documented phenomenom, there are no known disadvantages to polyphasic sleep yet, though one must always consider whether they will be hindered physically in their ability to adapt and change.
There are also whole communities out there dedicated to uniting people interested in adapting this sleep cycle and providing information and support. Definitely sounds like an interesting thing to check out.
For a full detailed Wiki page on Polyphasic Sleep and how best to smooth over the adaptation process, please check out the following link: http://www.polyphasicsleep.info/?title=Main_Page