polyphasic experimentation?

From: Michael N.
Sent on: Monday, January 30, 2012 3:49 PM
Hey Boston QS!

So, for those of you at the last meetup, you know I led a two week design studio on the QS for high schoolers at http://www.nuvustudio.org . And, that one of the project was on trying out polyphasic sleep.

One of the places that the polyphasic group's work brought us too was to a Google video chat with a woman who has been blogging about her own experiences sleeping polyphasically since 1999 -- PureDoxyk (which is, naturally, an online handle. Her blog is unsurprisingly at http://www.puredoxyk,com ) One of the things she relayed to us is that, in the past seven years, she's gone off the "Uberman cycle" -- which is what people generally think of when they think of Polyphasic, which is a 20 minute nap every four hours. She's since tried the Everyman 3 and Everyman 4.5 cycles, where you get 3 or 4.5 hours of "core sleep," and then 3 or 2 naps during the day, respectively.

One of the things that struck me, as she was talking about her experience with Everyman 3 and 4.5, was her sense of flexibility between them -- that she found on days when she had to miss a nap on the three-hour core schedule, she could just add in an hour and a half of core sleep, and vice versa. That it wasn't as strict as the Uberman cycle is reported to be (where missing one nap sets you back by a day or so.)

Buried under all of this are of course questions of -- is polyphasic sleeping something that everyone can do? Or is it really only possible for a slim part of the population? But I found myself growing more and more curious about the Everyman 3 and 4.5 schedules over the last two weeks, especially after reading -- http://www.supermemo.com/articles/polyphasic.htm -- which purports that only monophasic (one sleep block) and biphasic sleeping (nightly sleep + a nap) are the only human-adaptable ones. 

So I've been idly thinking about trying out the Everyman 3 or 4.5 schedule for say a month and seeing what happens. I was curious to see if anyone here would be interested in this kind of thing. 

Thoughts? Forewarnings? Chidings? All welcomed!
Nagle


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