Any biphasic sleepers here? What do you do in between sleeps?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Just wondering if any of you here are biphasic sleepers and what you activities you guys typically do in between your two sleep cycles! (And by biphasic, I don't mean sleeping six hours and then napping during the day, I mean going to bed earlier and sleeping two to three sleep cycles, then being awake for a few hours, then going back to sleep for another two or three sleep cycles.) I always wondered what kinds of activities biphasers do after their first sleep in the wee hours of the night, and I figured if anyone would be still practicing biphasic sleep in our modern world, it would be some of you awesome folks on Paleo Hacks!



on January 11, 2013
at 08:50 PM

I dread segmented sleep. If I don't wake up during the night it's a win for me. When I do have segments of wakefulness I avoid doing anything as it usually means I can't get back to sleep and end up not getting enough kip.



on January 11, 2013
at 07:42 PM

After 4 hours of sleep I always wake up for about half hour. I try not to stress by building it into my total time in bed. So I go to bed earlier knowing that a half hour will be lost from about 4-4:30 am.



on January 11, 2013
at 07:33 PM

I have been doing it involuntarily for the last few nights. I am trying to figure out how to embrace it and make it work versus laying there, stressing about the sleep time I am missing out on.

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on January 11, 2013
at 07:23 PM

4am facebook for the win! :P



on January 11, 2013
at 07:19 PM

I fell into a natural biphasic sleeping pattern of sleeping 4-5 hours, being up for 1.5 hours, and then going back to sleep for another 4 hours or so for about 3 months. I was about 6 weeks pregnant when it started. I loved it, the hour or so that I was awake, I just stayed in bed and listened to my ipod and kind of mentally journaled my day, made plans, thought about goals I wanted to work towards. If I got up to move around or go to the bathroom, I was sure to keep all lights off and just use my cell phone as a light or felt my way around the apartment. If I get too much light stimulation at night it rocks me right out of sleep.

I only stopped once my schedule changed and I couldn't be so luxurious with my sleep, but my schedule has loosed up again so I am hoping to get back into it, and maybe it can help us all get a little more sleep once the baby arrives in a few months.


on January 11, 2013
at 09:44 PM

I've done it a lot for most of my life. Sleep is so crucial for those of us with neurological disorders AND thyroid problems. I tend to sleep 6-7 hours, get up, stay up 4-6 hours, then take a 2-3 hour nap. It works for me and I had a doc try to tell me I shouldn't do it once, but when I tried to stop, my overall health declined. By that I mean my thyroid symptoms got worse, especially the fatigue, depression, and chills, etc. So I am easing back into my pattern. No more making myself stay up all day and trying to sleep 10 hours at night. I can't do that because I can't sleep all night. If it works for you and you feel better (mood, overall health), then keep it up!



on January 11, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I am actually really into segmented sleeping. I haven't gotten into the habit of it yet, but would like to. When I have done it successfully I just caught up on some tv or played on the computer. Here is an article on it that introduced me to it.




on February 22, 2013
at 09:48 PM

I'm on my third day of biphasic sleep. I'm not trying to maximize efficiency or anything, just find a more natural way of sleeping. So far I've been going to bed at 7pm, sleeping for roughly 90 minutes, staying up until 12:30-1am, and sleeping until 6.

I also started sleeping on the floor, using two folded-up foam mattress toppers for a bit of cushioning. My boyfriend snores pretty badly and I'm constantly having to tell him to turn over so he'll stop. Being able to sleep without being interrupted has been a huge plus. I'm waking up naturally, with loads of energy.

I'm definitely going to stick with it! I also have a Japanese futon mattress on its way, which will hopefully make it easier to make, and put away my "bed" every day.



on January 12, 2013
at 12:08 AM

I watch a movie or read. Having f.lux on my computer keeps the blue light level low.

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on January 11, 2013
at 07:34 PM

yeah, i get into phases where ill wake up at say 3am for like a week in a row and i stay up for an hour or so eat a small snack and read a bit of the latest book i am reading. When i do fall back to sleep its for about 4 or 5 hours and after I wake feeling refreshed as ever. There are also other times where i sleep 8-10 straight hours through the night for consecutive nights. It all depends on whats been going on in my life and how ive been training. as long as i don't stress out about it i usually get enough sleep per night whether its straight through or in a biphasic manner. i also try to steal naps during the day if at all possible but it doesn't happen as much as i wish it would. sleep is very important.

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