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Many people who wish to persue a polyphasic sleep schedule do it for the health benefits that polyphasic sleep provides. Polyphasic sleep is known to help with both physical and mental health, both by splitting up the monophasic sleep block into multiple parts and by providing more time for self-care, which many people use the gained time for. The purpose of this page is to provide further resources related to health.

Autogenic Training: A Potentially Visionary Relaxation Method for Polyphasic Lifestyle

Autogenic Training: A Potentially Visionary Relaxation Method for Polyphasic Lifestyle

There are various ways autogenic training can be used as a technique to help improve sleep quality, dream recall frequency and mental state by tapping into the stress system in the body and stimulating rest mode. Autogenic techniques include, but are not limited to: using visuals and imagery inside the mind, focusing on muscle functions to reduce their activity, slowing heart rate, breathing, and personal imagination as instructed…

A Method to Sleep Polyphasically Without Alarm Clocks

A Method to Sleep Polyphasically Without Alarm Clocks

One important question is whether it is possible to sleep without alarm clocks while on a polyphasic schedule and successfully adapt. With all the analysis of the mechanics of cortisol secretion pattern and cortisol awakening response (CAR), it then becomes necessary to pose a question: Can polyphasic sleepers manipulate/abuse cortisol secretion mechanics to help prevent oversleeping during adaptation and possibly enable them to sleep without alarms during and after the adaptation phase? To answer these questions, it is necessary to understand that cortisol might not be a sufficient method to “will” oneself to wake up around the time alarm goes off or any time they want (regardless of sleep duration). And to what extent can this mechanics be abused requires more research on certain processes in the human body that are involved with sleep-wake control under polyphasic sleeping conditions…

Cortisol Secretion Pattern in Polyphasic Sleeping

Cortisol Secretion Pattern in Polyphasic Sleeping

Cortisol is known as a primary stress hormone in the system that is responsible for fight-and-flight responses as well as generating other chemicals when humans react to stress. A vast array of factors contribute to the rise of cortisol in the body, and chronic elevation of cortisol levels is detrimental to human health (e.g, constant stress exposure, overloaded work, sleep issues). With regards to sleep, cortisol levels can be affected by many simultaneous factors as well (e.g, sleep disturbance, early waking, depression, early stress in the day and several other psychiatric disorders like PTSD)…

Yoga: The Ultimate Ally of Polyphasic Sleep

Yoga: The Ultimate Ally of Polyphasic Sleep?

Yoga is a sum of multiple spiritual discipline practices that originate from India – these practices include, but not limited to stretching, breath control, meditation, guided relaxation, static postures. One of the core premises of yoga is to achieve balance and calmness in the mind. A lot of benefits of yoga have been recorded with little to no adverse effects. Up to date, there are a few polyphasic sleepers who practice yoga, with decent to good results for nocturnal sleep. More research is needed between polyphasic sleep and yoga especially on schedules with higher amount of sleep reduction (more shortened nocturnal core sleep than traditional biphasic schedules). At face value and current anecdotal reports, yoga is claimed to be a good addition in most polyphasic sleepers’ lifestyle…

NoFap and Polyphasic Sleep

NoFap and polyphasic sleep

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…

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Page last updated: 29 June 2020