21 June 2007

How To Design The Perfect Nap a.k.a. How To Sleep Like A Wolf

So I was reading a Farley Mowat book recently where he lived with wolves in the Arctic and had to adapt to their habits in order to co-exist; this included Farley adjusting to their insane sleep habits which took him quite some time to figure out. It seemed to him as if the wolves were always awake but somehow never tired. Eventually he'd realise the wolves never actually stretched out, turned out their little glow-in-the-dark night-light and went to sleep, they actually caught a bunch of short naps throughout the day and that's all they needed.

Which brings us to the concept of polyphasic sleep also known as Uberman's Sleep Schedule where instead of sleeping straight through the night in a big chunk of hours, polyphasic sleep spreads out the long night sleep into short naps of 20-40 minutes throughout the day.

The Uberman sleep schedule is a method of organising your sleeping time to maximise your REM sleep and minimise your non-REM sleep. The goal of the sleep cycle is that you are actively in REM sleep within a couple of minutes of falling asleep and remain in that state until you awaken.

There are praises and criticism on this sleep pattern but little scientific research behind this, probably because them scientists always be sleepin'.

Read more about your boy Uberman's sleep schedule.

A related article on How To Design The Perfect Nap.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It also helps to be completely and utterly drunken, swept away, crazy about somebody to adapt to this pattern. ;)