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May 09, 2019 17:22:26

Biphasic Sleep

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Basile Samel

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In less than a month I'm going to Vietnam for a period of three months. It's the hottest period of the year, which is why it's not uncommon for locals to adopt a biphasic sleep schedule - to sleep a few hours during the freshest moments of the night and to have a nap after lunch.

I want to get back to a biphasic sleep pattern myself. I will be forced to anyway once I arrive in Vietnam, for productivity purposes.

I need a lot of sleep at night, which I confirmed throughout years of experimenting with my sleep schedule. Just going to sleep without putting an alarm on and noting down how many hours you slept tells you about the amount of time your body needs in order to heal. I need either seven or nine hours to feel rested myself, which makes sense since the duration of a sleep cycle is about 90 minutes.

It's not uncommon for me to wake up in the middle of the night or to feel like having a nap after lunch. I have the strong intuition my body is naturally inclined toward a biphasic sleep pattern, but it's hard to develop a new sleep pattern when you have a schedule to refer yourself to. I mean, who does a nap at his office, right? It's badly perceived by society.

Fortunately, I'm no longer bound to a specific schedule, therefore I am free to do whatever it takes to settle in this new habit.

Tomorrow I will write about how I'm planning to adapt, wish me luck.

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    @basilesamel i like siestas too but found the logistics of it difficult. Even though I'm not bound to an office, I work outside in cafes, so taking naps mean I gotta head home, which does waste much time commuting. Do you plan on working from your hotel room?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 10, 2019 13:18:21
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      @jasonleow a bit of both, I rented a small airbnb :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 10, 2019 09:04:03
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    @basilesamel This sounds interesting. I would be curious to know where you natural circadian rhythm falls once you are no longer under the rigors of a standard work schedule. Keep us informed about your experiment.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 09, 2019 08:26:00
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