Alternative Sleeping Cycles


61202_article_fullThe main focus of our team is how will the human race evolve the conventional sleep culture used for hundreds of years, to reducing the 8-9 hours of sleep needed every day to approximately 3 hours per day. But how is this possible? The answer is replacing the monophasic sleep cycle to a polyphasic cycle.  The ultimate cycle that we are proposing is the Umbrella Cycle. Consisting of 6 naps every 4 hours lasting between 20 to 30 minutes each, adding up to a total of 3 hours every day.

Now, how can anyone get the multiple benefits from an 8-hour sleep in only 3 hours per day? This is where the term Rapid Eye Movement is particularly relevant. REM takes place during the fourth stage of a successful sleep cycle. It has been shown that is during REM when your brain all the benefits provided my sleep. The entire point of polyphasic sleep is to teach both the body and the brain to enter a stage of REM immediately after falling asleep and to maintain said stage for the entire 30 minutes sleep period previously mention. By maximising the active REM activity, a person can obtain the necessary benefits of a full nights sleep in a fraction of the time. According to the author Steve Pavlina who for over and a half months tried this polyphasic sleep cycle, it is imperative to reach REM immediately after falling asleep in order to have a successful polyphasic lifestyle. Whereas in a full night sleep, it is most common to obtain such state only after 90 minutes, on average (2007).

What are other benefits of the polyphasic sleep patterns offer? According to some that have tried an alternative pattern, after a 20-minute nap, they wake up to find themselves fully rested and with a fresh and clear mind, furthermore, “It’s a feeling of being extremely mellow and relaxed as if my mind is a blank slate with no background noise.” (Pavlina,2007) in addition, this state may lead to a more creative mind due to its clarity and lack of clutter, allowing for new ideas to surface easily. One of the most important and significant outcomes that a polyphasic sleep would have in a future society, may very well be that it allows for far more active time. this would directly affect the economic, social, and health aspect of said society. A society that never turns off, by definition means that businesses are running 24/7, consequently, customers are consuming at the same rate. Ideally companies and business would have to higher employees that don’t have the exact same sleeping schedule so when one of them is off for a nap there is someone taking his/her place. Having about 22 hours of awake time would lead to longer work hour but also longer leisure time. perhaps a 10-hour work day may fit both the economic and the social rhythm of this future society.




High Existence. (2009). Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!, viewed 25 Aug. 2016


Pavlina, S. (2007). Polyphasic Sleep – One Year Later – Steve Pavlina, Steve Pavlina, viewed 25 Aug. 2016.



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