Everyone says I’m weird because I sleep twice a day in small 3 to 4 hour chunks.
Maybe you’re the one doing it wrong?
Three years ago after finishing with B-School, I found myself with what seemed like an abundance of time on my hands. One of the things that I quickly re-introduced into my life was that thing we all love called sleep. I realized that my usual pattern of only sleeping four to six hours in a single chunk (which was reduced to around three hours when I was in school) still left me feeling tired and sluggish during the day. This led to my over use of caffeine which has its own down sides.
I decided I wanted to change and I was going to start with cutting back on the soda and coffee (still an ongoing struggle) and to help I was going to take a nap when I got home. This eventually transformed into my sleeping pattern that I have today. I sleep twice a day. The first time between two to four hours, then I’m awake for four hours or so, then I sleep again for another two to four hours.
Many of my co-workers and friends just look at me as if I’m nuts when the subject of sleep comes up in conversation. “What is wrong with you?” is my interpretation of the questions I hear when I explain my sleep pattern. So, for all the bewildered and the nay sayers, Arjun Walia’s article sums up the research around bi-modal sleep. It appears its more natural than you think and may even help prevent a lot of the sleep related health problems that plague so many people. If you fall into that category, I recommend giving it a try for a couple weeks and see how you feel.
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