5 Answers

  1. For teenagers, lack of sleep is definitely dangerous, and they suffer massively from it. They would need to get 9 hours of sleep a night, which is usually completely incompatible with schoolwork, and they would need to get up later than adults, because their daily melatonin production cycle is usually shifted forward (although this, of course, can be shifted depending on the constant schedule-otherwise we would not be able to change time zones). There is even a strong civic movement in the US and Canada “start school later“, which is trying (so far unsuccessfully) to lobby for a ban on early school lessons for teenagers, and they have reports that collected a bunch of research about how it is important – for example, that every shift in school for an hour forward improves performance by 3% (and this is, on average, while for the backward even more, as they may be, and therefore lagged behind that suffer from a terrible lack of sleep).�

    As for the actual polyphasic sleep in adolescents, there are practically no large studies here, because if scientists are not sure that something is good for adolescents, then the university ethics committee will not allow them to experiment on them. And they are not sure for two main reasons. First, it makes sense to sleep for a fairly long time at the same hours during the day and at the same time in the dark, so as not to disrupt the daily cycle of melatonin and growth hormone production (both are important for the development of the body and brain of a teenager). Secondly, if the polyphasic sleep system used assumes that all its cycles are shorter than 1.5-2 hours, then this is definitely a bad idea, because then a person does not have time to reach the stage of rapid eye movements at all (normally it occurs every time at the end of an hour and a half of sleep), which may be relatively safe for an adult, but (judging by animal experiments) clearly disrupts the development of the growing brain.�

    At the same time, if a person does not get enough hours of sleep at night, then, of course, he can and should get sleep during the day. Sleep is critical for learning, for memory consolidation, and those who sleep 6 hours at night and twice 1.5 hours in the afternoon will be much healthier and more trainable than those who sleep only 6 hours at night. (But, apparently, even healthier and more trainable will be those who sleep 9 hours a night, if it is possible to organize).

    When I was a teenager and went to school, I often lived like this: I came home from school around five in the evening and went straight to bed. I woke up at two in the morning without an alarm clock, had breakfast, did my homework, had lunch at seven in the morning and went to school. I had a great night's sleep, was healthy and happy. But I was a misanthrope and an introvert, and such a system is, of course, incompatible with social life.

  2. Polyphasic sleep is dangerous for anyone, regardless of their age. The concept of polyphasic sleep suggests that a person can supposedly remain healthy and productive when he partially deprives himself of sleep and begins to sleep in fractional “pieces”. In fact, the body can not forgive this and withstand for a long time. We are biologically designed so that our optimal model is nighttime sleep and daytime wakefulness. Other regimes are against human nature.

    Long-term adherence to the practice of polyphasic sleep:

    * Suppresses the immune system

    * Reduces performance

    * Increases the risk of injury due to coordination disorders

    * Destroys the ability to fully learn

    * Promotes depression

    * Increases the risk of diseases of the heart, blood vessels, endocrine and nervous systems.

    You need to sleep in accordance with your natural need. This will help you stay healthy, happy, and productive.

  3. And so, now, after rereading all the comments, the discussion turned to the development of the norm of hormones in polyphasics. So, as a person who has been practicing polyphasic sleep for months, I can say that everything is fine with this. I explain why I decided so: throughout the night, the human body produces the necessary hormones. When a night's sleep is reduced to 30 minutes (Dymaxion), then their rush, namely testosterone, cannot be unnoticed because the entire daily dose was generated in half an hour. In other words, I felt the effect of viagra on myself: instead of a kind and not very aching “sail” in my pants in the morning, my “friend”was ready to tear and throw. It didn't last long at all, namely two nights, and then it passed: the body was rebuilt, and began to produce hormones only when I really slept.�

    You see, just as the hand is used to the light switch in the room at a certain place, our brain is used to producing hormones at night, when there should be a dream that contributes to this. He, the brain, is so accustomed that if, for example, you sit all night at the computer and meet the dawn, the man will feel a rush of blood to his sexual organ for no reason, which will mean a daily dose of hormones.

  4. God. Why almost all people who talk about polyphasic sleep do not understand the topic at all.

    1. REM sleep occurs after 1 hour of slow-wave sleep�

    2. After polyphasic sleep, fast sleep comes first, and slow sleep is skipped (not in all modes)

    3. Polyphasic sleep is not a lack of sleep!

    And about the question itself:

    There is proven information that growth hormone is actively produced at night, but it is not known whether it is also actively produced in polyphasics. (It is also produced throughout the day). And the rest of the information is rather dubious.

  5. Polyphasic sleep is rather poorly understood, so I'll give you some general advice:

    Your body almost never deceives you about its condition. Therefore, if polyphasic sleep will not cause you discomfort and will not negatively affect your activity – practice.

Leave a Reply