Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Quote on Minimal Sleep

From "Why We Nap," Claudio Stampi (pg 14): could be asked whether a polyphasic sleep pattern alters total sleep need. That is, does the minimum amount of sleep optimally required increase, decrease, or essentially remain unchanged? In other words, is sleep under a polyphasic schedule more or less efficient? Preliminary experimental evidence (see Chapter 12) appears to confirm a hypothesis recently proposed (Stampi et al., 1990) that, contrary to the "continuity" theory of sleep, polyphasic sleep appears to be the only way to achieve dramatic levels of sleep reduction (even beyond the 5-hr "limit") without compromising performance effectiveness.

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