I read an article today about a 22 year old who has spent the last two years living on 4 5 hours of sleep per night interestingly enough this works out to. This post originally appeared on medium.
Some people are born with a gene called the hdec2 gene that allows them to function on about 6 25 hours of sleep.
How to get by on 4 hours of sleep. There are thousands of people with shortened sleep genes but just because some people can get by on 4 to 6 hours of sleep doesn t mean you have to try it. It may not be your finest workout after limited shut eye but working up a sweat will make you feel sharper and more alert afterwards. As a result we get a few extra days a week.
For example if you are looking at 4 hours of quality sleep sleep for 2 hours twice a day or sleep for one hour 4 times a day. Force yourself to get up and exercise. While natural short sleepers tend to be more energetic and have a lower risk of getting sick trained short sleepers are at risk of.
An infant may need up to 17 hours of sleep each day while an older adult may get by on just 7 hours of sleep a night. We all know that it is optimal to get 8 hours of sleep per night. Leonardo da vinci nikola tesla salvador dali and many other geniuses were said to sleep from one to 4 hours a day according to the system of polyphasic sleep.
During a typical night s sleep you ll cycle through each stage four to six times. 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. Your body cycles through four stages of sleep throughout the night.
Some people train their bodies to run on less sleep. In short polyphasic sleep is cutting down the night sleep and adding a few 20 or 30 minute sleeping breaks during the day. But for most of us getting by on 4 hours of sleep can be a challenge.
It suggests taking long naps multiple times a day. One cycle takes about 90 minutes. The benefits of sleep for our health happiness and productivity have beenwell documented.
I personally find that a 30 minute run in the morning is worth an extra 2 hours of sleep and makes me feel close to how i typically would during a well rested workday. But an age based. There is another method called the polyphasic sleep.
For some people these long naps may help them get the quality sleep they need. How much sleep you need changes throughout your lifetime.