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Who Needs 8 Hours? Check Out These Crazy Sleep Cycles

| February 7, 2014 | 5 Comments


Have you ever considered just how much time you spend asleep? Most people are shocked when they hear that 26 years, roughly one third of your life will be spent under the covers, dreaming.

In today’s fast-pace society, we are all chasing time. After all, who wouldn’t like more time? When you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or working at the frontier of science, you’ll hardly even have time to eat! Many of these folks have come up with some very creative ways of clawing their time back from their sleeping hours in an effort to get more done.

Biphasic sleep

This sleep routine isn’t too out of the ordinary. College students all over the world follow this routine without recognizing it. Biphasic sleep involves sleeping at night for about 4.5 hours, followed by a 90-minute nap later that day. Most notably, Winston Churchill slept this way in order to keep up with the demands of war.

Everyman Cycle

There have been countless studies done on sleep and sleep deprivation. One of the biggest discoveries was that a 20-minute nap is just as effective as 90 minutes of sleep, provided you enter a state of deep sleep known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. When taking many naps sleeping in this fashion, you train your body to enter REM sleep immediately, allowing you to rise fully refreshed after twenty short minutes. This finding has led to sleeping cycles such as the Everyman cycle, where 3 hours of sleep at night is supplemented by 3-4 naps during the day.

The Uberman Cycle

The Uberman cycle is the pinnacle of polyphasic sleep. This sleeping routine is surprisingly common, considering just how tough it is those first two weeks. Some people really are so busy they cannot sleep. One interesting way around this is to never sleep, instead taking a 20-minute nap every four hours. With only three hours of sleep a day, time will never again be a problem. Many people have been able to make this work for them, such as blogger Steve Pavlina.

Dymaxion Cycle

Let’s take the Uberman cycle one step further. . .

After all, why sleep three hours a day when you can get by on two? When following the Uberman cycle, there is a small problem of having to take so many breaks from work. A scientist on the verge of a breakthrough discovery doesn’t have time for that. Buckminster Fullerene, a brilliant scientist praised for the amazing things he did with carbon, only took a nap every six hours!

It is surprising just how many people have used these crazy sleep methods to great effect. Many bloggers have fascinated their readers by doing so. Even more surprising is that they live a fully functional life—with no loss in energy, concentration, or health—and their lives remain largely the same. Who knows, as the world moves at a faster pace, we could all end up sleeping this way!

By Fueled, the premier agency for iPhone app design and Android app development in New York City.

Image Credit: Shutterstock.com

About the Author: Fueled

We are Fueled, a digital product design and development incubator globally recognized for its work in the mobile space. At Fueled, we don't just build apps; with teams of designers, developers and strategists based in New York, Chicago and London, we create visually stunning products that redefine the technical boundaries of today's mobile development standards. We've built award-winning iPhone, iPad and Android apps used by millions of people for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to up and coming startups including Barney's, Coca Cola, UrbanDaddy, JackThreads and MTV. We hold ourselves to the highest standard of usability, stability and design in every project that we touch.

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  • riannonqas321

    my Aunty Amelia got a new blue Land Rover LR4 only from
    working part time off a home computer… helpful hints B­u­z­z­3­2­.­?­o­m

  • http://www.it-sales-leads.com/ Barbara Mckinney

    Sleeping is very important to a person’s health, but most of the time, because of our busy life we cannot afford to sleep eight hours or more. Good to know that there are other alternatives to make sure that our body still gets the right amount of sleep it needs. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • http://brode.co/ Marc Brodeur

    There is still a lot that is not understood about sleep as it relates to memory and regeneration. Some people try these yes, but that doesn’t mean that it is always a good idea.

    Also, don’t underestimate how difficult it can be to take a 20 minute nap every 4 hours. What if you are at dinner? Or who knows what? Can you always find a place to take a nap? I’m glad that some people make it work for them. Probably not a risk that I would try.