This blog contains mostly anecdotal evidence and personal experience from a long-term NoFap-er (no masturbation) and NoFap’s effects during long-term polyphasic practice. Continue reading with a grain of salt. Some related scientific research data are shown at the bottom of the blog, feel free to take a look at them. More research, especially toward the effect of NoFap on polyphasic sleep is needed to provide more solid conclusions for the matter.
NoFap and polyphasic sleep
There has been a lot of contradictory discussions and articles regarding masturbation and its effects on physical and mental health. Recent articles, such as from Medical News Today, have pointed out that masturbation can help relax, boost self-esteem and even reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Another source, Practo, claims that masturbation is generally safe and poses very little to no downsides if done properly. The downside, even though not mentioned explicitly in the article, contains potential issues as simple as the depletion of sperm count, which is obvious if overdone. Psychologically, it is also said that excessive masturbation can also contribute to depression and detachment from loved ones and friends, making life more difficult and more out-of-touch with social life (Practo). With all that said, the concept is that occasional masturbation is not an out-of-ordinary activity that starts during puberty and can persist into adulthood. NoFap consists of no pornographic pursuit, no masturbation and no rubbing genitals. The point of this blog is to explain the reasons to pursue the NoFap lifestyle and how to do it.
The first month is likely going to be tremendously difficult to maintain, and will likely result in failure, due to the enormous change in lifestyle that it entails. Pornographic photos are also everywhere on the internet, which means that withdrawal symptoms from the addiction are going to be returning again and again. Withdrawing from a masturbation addiction invokes similar withdrawal symptoms to smoking, using drugs and stimulants, which means that strong mental barricades are going to need to be established to succeed. But most importantly, the whole process can be seen as a way of increasing one’s discipline. With enough concentration and willpower, any pitfalls can be overcome, and personal desires can be conquered. There is no superior moral ground from engaging in NoFap in comparison with masturbation. Masturbation used to be a taboo in a lot of communities and environment, and the feeling of guilt being involved in masturbation does exist.
There are quite a few benefits that NoFap brings back. The subreddit /r/NoFap contains a lot of stories about how people have become more proactive, happier with their personal life among friends, family and co-workers, more interested in various other activities and build more expansive relationships with other people. Physically, it helps boost stamina, libido (well no doubt about this one). More information on the benefits of NoFap can be found on the website “The Benefits”.
“I experienced most of the aforementioned benefits after only roughly 3 months in. There was a very different feeling from within, which directly contributed to how worldview is perceived. More caution, more scrutiny, and more scepticism. Each morning wake became mentally fresher than before (I guess it could be compared to the drinking nights people have and how waking up the following morning feels for them). Waking up early becomes a much easier task for me. Every 5-6 AM wake becomes an entrenched habit like I had been doing it since birth. My energy level during the day was also more lasting than before – the energy dips around noon, or early afternoon were still present, but they were merely normal occurrences.”
– GeneralNguyen, 2019
To relate NoFap into polyphasic sleep, on tough schedules that limit flexibility and less intense physical activities, NoFap seems to give people the ability to maintain a much more consistent cognitive performance throughout the day. Compared to milder schedules with more sleep time per day, the differences are barely noticeable on masturbation-pro lifestyles. With periodical masturbation or without any masturbation, both high-libido and low-libido days can still be observed, but an improved sense of self-control is to be expected when exposed to erotic imagery during NoFap times. NoFap can also improve the emotional control and result in more composure being achieved. Overall masturbation, or sexual activities should give the least negative effects on more forgiving polyphasic schedules, and while it is not impossible to engage in masturbation on more hostile schedules, more data is needed to give any sort of conclusive answers.
“Wet dreams did occur more often, especially within the last month of my last NoFap attempt. I called those events “ultra-bursts” (the burst refers to ejaculation, a personal choice of naming). It was really strange as I had never experienced wet dreaming before this event. It annoyed me to the point where I stopped NoFap for a period of roughly half a year before going back to it again (I am again a NoFap-er now). My only conjecture was that my libido became extremely high, and so the bursts eventually had to happen. However, I have yet to see any similar NoFap-er with the same issue. The only common “fact” that I have seen online is that wet dreams typically only occur during puberty, but I was way beyond puberty.”
– GeneralNguyen, on wet dreams on NoFap, 2019
A more important note, there are sources pointing towards REM-heavy periods of time in a day (usually 6-9 AM) where it is very easy to be horny and attracted to pornography (exposure to pornographic content or purely some natural need for sexual activities). A scholarly source (albeit rather old) pointed out that there is a correlation of erection in men during REM cycles1. The polyphasic sleep community has gained an abundant amount of data showing how during a dawn sleep, even as short as 20 minutes or as long as a 4 or 5 hour core sleep, people are much more likely to have vivid dreams.
In conclusion, is NoFap worth a try?
“Yes, with all the upbeat energy and productivity I have gotten through these years and silently enjoying the freedom and lifestyle of choice, I would recommend attempting NoFap. There is a certain level of “fun” attempting it, and if you are able to maintain it for an extended period of time, it could be a very meaningful experience that adds beautifully to your existence.”
– GeneralNguyen, 2019
Main author: GeneralNguyen
Page last updated: 2 September 2019