My Biphasic Sleep Experiment Begins

Yesterday was my first day on biphasic sleep. I learned about it a few days ago from a friend who had read a book — Take a Nap! Change your life — and swore by its life-changing effects. He spoke about a boost in productivity, creativity, visions, lucid dreaming, and having more waking hours of alertness.

take a power napEssentially, biphasic sleep is the idea of having various sleep sessions throughout the day as opposed to the normal 6-8 hours per night. So a typical pattern would be: sleep from 12-6am, take a nap around 5-6.30pm (90 minutes), then go back to sleep at 12am. This way, you are fully awake after each sleep cycle and never tired or drowsy. Scientists are saying that this is our natural sleep pattern—multiple sessions per day.

Most people are tired throughout the entire day, heavily relying on caffeine and stimulants to keep them awake to work harder and go longer. But at what expense? How is the quality of their work? Their life? Do they feel good? I’d say no.

Reading about biphasic sleep and looking back to some of the most influential people I’ve studied in my life — Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Einstein, Edison — I can now begin to understand why they all spoke about rising so early each morning. I can bet that each of them were napping as well! And that’s exactly what biphasic sleeping is: napping in the day to restore energy, then wake up like it’s a new day…even when it’s 10pm at night. Get the idea?

Yesterday I woke at 9am, took a nap at 7.30pm-10.15pm (I messed up… the idea was to take a 90min nap.. I’m still working on that), then went to bed at 3am, waking this morning at 9am. I’m sure that the first week is going to be a bit difficult, but so far so good. I’m a bit drowsy, but I’m sure that I’ll be well adjusted by next week.

What sparked my interests to try biphasic sleeping, was the ability to boost creativity, problem solving, and have more active working time during the day. We’ll see how it goes. Expect periodic updates.

Here’s part 2 of my biphasic sleep experiment



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I've been thinking about life, existence, and truth for as long as I could remember. When I was about 7 I remember getting a headache trying to figure out who created God...and if someone created him, then who create him? I love investigating and testing, taking nothing for truth that outside my direct experience. At the age of 12, I started my own candy selling business; it grew so large that the principal ended up closing me down (but that was just the beginning...) Through my videos and articles, I share my journey with the world.

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6 Responses to My Biphasic Sleep Experiment Begins

  1. Rhonda Benson July 9, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I like this, and makes me understand now why so many are complaining bout being so tired in the day! We are SUPPOSE to sleep.. Good stuff Dave, and thanks for sharing again..
    Getting off coffee ( been two weeks now) has been the best thing for me. I do sleep better when I sleep, ( and I DO take naps when I”m tired) more rested when i wake, AND dream more.. Not always remembering them before, it seems when I am rested, and not all caffined up, I remember them better… Good Good Stuff Dave!!

    • David Askaripour July 9, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      Nice to hear it’s working for ya! I’m happy that I don’t drink too much coffee. Heck, I may even cut back on mate…just to get better sleep cycles going. It’ll be worth it ;) There’s nothing like being fully rested.

  2. fox July 9, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    I am looking forward to the results you get David.
    However I am very critical about biphasic sleep, and I am pretty sure that it doesn’t work.

    what works however is to go to bed very early in the evening (for example 20.00)
    and get up VERY early in the morning, for example at 3 o’clock in the morning.

    If you do this for some time you will feel fantastic and have much more energy during the day!
    It’s called natural sleep and a German professeor talked a lot about it, his name was Theodor Stöckmann.

    aloha from Switzerland!

    • David Askaripour July 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback, Fox. I’m excited to try it and so far so good! I’ll let you all know how it’s going.

  3. Pngwn August 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    “Yesterday I woke at 9pm, took a nap at 7.30pm-10.15pm (I messed up… the idea was to take a 90min nap.. I’m still working on that), then went to bed at 3am, waking this morning at 9am. I’m sure that the first week is going to be a bit difficult, but so far so good. I’m a bit drowsy, but I’m sure that I’ll be well adjusted by next week.’

    Are you sure you don’t mean that you woke up at at 9am? How could you have woken up at 9pm and then taken a nap at 7:30 pm?

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