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Finding The Right Kind Of Sleeping Pattern For You

Learn about the different types of sleeping patterns that have been used for thousands of years. Find the right kind of sleeping pattern for you.

Types Of Sleep

We all know about the old saying that the minimum is eight hours of good rest every night. Eight solid hours at a time from a reasonable hour. While this is the normal routine, it may not be the healthiest or even the best rest for everybody. There are a few different kinds of sleeping patterns that we will discuss below, which may be worth trying if you have found yourself not feeling as rested after a normal eight hours of sleep.

Monophasic Sleep

Monophasic sleep is what we would today consider the normal sleeping pattern. A single sleeping pattern, usually consisting of eight hours and usually taking place at night. A monophasic sleeping patten can consist of from five hours to ten hours, all depending on a particular person.

Biphasic Sleep

Biphasic sleep is a sleeping pattern consisting of two clearly defined sleeping times. Biphasic sleeping patterns were common in the 15th and 16th century when people would go to sleep at sundown for roughly four hours, wake up in the middle of the night for two hours and go back to sleep for another four hours. This allowed people to have a dedicated prayer time or a time to work outside, which was cooler than the day. This was also a great time to play at

We do still see the biphasic sleeping pattern in action today, not quite in the same way, though. A modern biphasic sleeping pattern would generally consist of a four to eight-hour sleep at night and another 30 minute to two-hour sleeping session during the day. If you are prone to afternoon naps, a biphasic sleeping pattern may be healthier for you.

Polyphasic Sleep

Polyphasic is much less common than monophasic and biphasic sleeping patterns. It's important to remember that there are people who would benefit from a polyphasic sleeping pattern, but it is not for everybody. It would only be worth trying a polyphasic sleeping pattern if you are unable to follow a monophasic or biphasic sleeping pattern. Polyphasic sleeping patterns can be divided into three main categories.

  • Everyman - a long session of sleep of two to five hours, with usually three 20minute naps throughout the day. This can work well for somebody who frequently wakes up after a few hours of sleep, and is the most common form of polyphasic sleep.
  • Uberman - Only six 30-minute naps throughout the day. While a total of three hours of sleep a day may seem like a death sentence to some, it does work for a lot of people
  • Dymaxion - Similar to the uberman, except the 30-minute naps are cut down from six to four, usually spaced out to a nap every six hours. This is not recommended for the average person, as only two hours of sleep a day can be unhealthy for most people.

Getting Good Rest

When it comes to getting a good night's rest, while finding the right sleeping pattern for you is important, it is not the first step one should take. Before looking into changing your sleeping pattern, ensure to look into all the other variables like light, noise, diet and comfort to find the best rest for you.