4 hours first phase 2 hours second phase 6 hours our ancestors slept in 2 phases separated by a period of wakefulness. It takes on average about 90 minutes to go through each cycle.
If you sleep for 6 hours daily and feel fine not needing a midday nap then perhaps you just don t need anything more.
How to get by on 6 hours of sleep. Is 6 hours of sleep enough people struggle to get a good night s sleep in the hopes that they will be able to meet the standard eight hours of sleep a night. The gene that allows for 6 hours sleep to feel refreshed is only found in 3 of people. Six full cycles are about 9 hours of sleep.
But this isn t a perfect world. Be warned though you may just be used to getting less sleep. Volunteers started by pushing back their bedtime one hour during the first week and then pushed it back by 1 5 hours for the next three weeks.
These short sleepers can maintain a much shorter sleep cycle than others and get by just fine without yawning or falling asleep during the day. If you want to try polyphasic sleep but don t know where to start this is the method we recommend. Keep in mind that your body resets all of your hormone glands while you sleep so you are ready for another busy day.
An updated women s study derived from a university of california san diego 14 years earlier seems to be suggesting otherwise. All just by laying down and resting. Some people are born with a gene called the hdec2 gene that allows them to function on about 6 25 hours of sleep.
After doing this and waking up at the same time each. Most people go to sleep in a monophasic sleep cycle for 6 8 hours each night. This period was considered a special time and used for spiritual practice contemplation and reading.
Getting more than 6 hours of sleep will help make you happier calmer more confident and just closer to being the best version of yourself. Polyphasic sleep cycles trick your body into needing less sleep. If you can complete five cycles a night you d get 7 5 hours of sleep a night.
Get the best sleep when you only have 6 hours or heaven forbid less in a perfect world we d all get 8 hours of sleep a night. But for most of us getting by on 4 hours of sleep can be a challenge. Julia hogan lcpc publish date.
In my opinion sleep is one of the most underrated health aspects of our generation. Just because you think you should only need 6 hours per night does not mean that your body may not require perhaps 7 to 8 hours.