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PostSubject: olyphasic Sleeping and the Effects on the Human Psyche   Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:10 am

Although Polyphasic sleeping has not been studied upon by a large
amount of the scientific community, it still does in fact hold some
promise as to being effective. Polyphasic Sleeping is changing your
ability to sleep from your usual 9 hours a day, to somewhere around 3
hours a day, and still being able to function properly. It's the
ability to utilize 20 hours out of a day as apposed to 15 hours a day
Monophasic Sleeping presents (Monophasic Sleeping: having a sleeping
schedule of one single large amount of sleep a day). Scientific
evidence is hard to come by on this subject, but, I believe it's safe
to say that the journey on gaining this ability would be a very tough
one, causing massive fatigue on your body, and even more so, on your
mind. But, just because the journey could be quite arduous, doesn't
mean it isn't possible ([Rumored to be Polyphasic Sleepers] Benjamin
Franklin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon,
Nikola Tesla.)

In order to achieve Polyphasic Sleeping, you must go through
(arguably) 14 days, or roughly 2 weeks of well planned sleep
deprivation. The reason Polyphasic Sleeping is pheasable is due to the
belief that, although you go through many stages of a proper "sleep
cycle", the only required one is during the "REM" stage. As you train
yourself to go to bed in small increments of 15-30 minutes at a time,
you mind becomes naturally attuned to achieving the "REM" stage much
faster then it use to, and eventually skipping most of the cycle
itself. This has been referred to as "Evolutionary Sleep training",
basically calling your ability to manipulate your sleep patterns an
evolutionary step... although in which direction it goes is anyone's
guess.

The many days required to successfully get equilibrium with ones
self on the Polyphasic Sleep schedule gives the potential for many
mental problems to occur. Whilst many of these psychological problems
may be rare for this cause, one that most likely would affect you is
Depression. As your fatigue rises, and you've yet to master the "REM"
cycle of sleep, the stress on your body and mind would become almost
always overwhelming. Your mind begins to become "foggy" and your own
self-concept becomes shaded and unfamiliar. You essentially get lost
during this stage, and with this brings a lowered self-esteem, higher
rate of doubt in yourself, and ultimately manic depression. This, in
theory, could eventually lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as
seen in many PoW's when sleep deprivation was used as a form of
torture. Although it may not seem possible that only a 14 day cycle of
"training" could cause such a large amount of mental trauma, it must be
noted that the "14 days" must be done without mistakes. Many whom
attempt to go into a Polyphasic Sleeping pattern do not do so in 14
days. It could take several weeks, and even months due to "slip ups"
and "over sleeping", and although a small mishap might of occurred, it
could very well of sent the subject back weeks on "training". This, as
one might believe, would cause even the hardiest mind large amounts of
stress.

Many other problems that could occur from this sort of treatment to
your body range from simple drowsiness/disorientation and a heightened
sense of individualism to schizophrenia and even narcolepsy. Because
this sort of sleeping schedule is not very prevalent in modern society,
it is very hard to apply the social comparison theory to this topic.
The social comparison theory is defined as the individual's efforts to
compare themselves with others in order to assess their abilities. The
reason this theory is hard to apply is because of the amount of
disorientation Polyphasic Sleeping can implement on the subject. It's
very hard to look towards other opinions when you feel your own
self-concept as deceiving. It becomes incredibly hard to interpret
others behaviors toward your reactions, and there for there's nothing
to "assess".

Through many personal recounts on the "REM" cycle of sleeping, and
several studies on this subject alone, it is widely believed that
dreams stem from the "REM" portion of the cycle. And, even more so,
"Lucid Dreaming" (The conscious perception of one's state while
dreaming, resulting in a much clearer experience and sometimes enabling
direct control over the content of the dream, a realistic world that is
to some degree in the control of the dreamer.) is more easily attained
through Polyphasic Sleeping. Many who recount their attempts at
Polyphasic Sleeping will disclose their new found ability to enter the
"REM" cycle of sleep, and immediately start to dream...Vividly. This
brings about the potential of experiencing almost nirvana, as the
subject explores this real inside their own mind. As to why this
happens has yet to be determined, it is my personal opinion that
because your mind is only getting 15-30 minute intervals of
regeneration, your mind implements much stronger abilities to relieve
the fatigue and anxiety Polyphasic Sleeping has caused, and there for
making the dreams much more powerful, and maybe even "spiritual" (in a
psychological sense, of course).

Over all, the road to Polyphasic Sleeping is a tough and mentally
challenging one. What benefits that seem to lurk at the end of this
long road have yet to be fully understood, but as more light gets shed
on the subject, it is assured that we will learn more in the near
future... And maybe one day, not endure the risks to the Human Psyche
the current procedure presents (oh so prevalently).

Sources/References




  • Claudio Stampi. Why We Nap: Evolution, Chronobiology, and Functions
    of Polyphasic and Ultrashort Sleep. (1992) ISBN 0-8176-3462-2
  • Jerome M. Siegel. (2001) The REM sleep-memory consolidation hypothesis. Science 294(5544):1058-63.
  • "Catching Catnaps," Scientific American Frontiers, Show 105, February 27, 1991
  • http://www.supermemo.com/articles/polyphasic.htm
  • Lucid Dreaming (1985) ISBN 0-87477-342-3 by Stephen LaBerge
  • Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain (1988) ISBN 0-306-42849-0 by Jayne Gackenbach and Stephen Laberge, Eds.
  • Dreams and How to Guide Them [1867] (1982) ISBN 0-7156-1584-X by Hervey de Saint-Denys


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PostSubject: Re: olyphasic Sleeping and the Effects on the Human Psyche   Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:55 pm

When I'm in my gaming mode AKA not with my gf I can stay up for about 5 days straight with about 2 and a half hours a sleep ever 30 or so hours.
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PostSubject: Re: olyphasic Sleeping and the Effects on the Human Psyche   Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:47 pm

Very interesting topic, when im off school in the summer i go into no sleep mode basically but i do go to sleep for a minimum of about 4 hours to 6 hours of sleep when i stay up for a day or so. Thanks for posting man didnt think i was gonna read it because it was so long.
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