We all keep different sleep schedules. We also tend to vary on what time we go to sleep and what time we wake up. But is sleeping in one go really natural? There is science that indicates that maybe it isn’t.
What is Biphasic Sleep?
There are many animals that go to sleep at a certain point in the evening and then sleep straight through until morning. That is called monophasic sleep, or getting all of your sleeping done at once. Then there are other animals (mostly primates) who sleep a little bit less at night and then go to sleep in the middle of the afternoon for an hour or so. This means they are getting two periods of sleep during the day, referred to as biphasic sleep.
Biphasic Sleep & Humans
This is all theoretical, but there are many things that indicate that perhaps biphasic sleep is what our bodies really want. We even see a version of this behavior in “siesta” cultures, where people tend to take a break in the afternoon and work a little later at night.
How does your body respond to a biphasic sleep schedule? If your schedule allows, it is very easy to test. Simply take a 45-minute nap in the afternoon and then wake up around an hour earlier than you normally would. It can take a little bit of discipline to keep your nap under an hour, but if you keep at it for at least a week, it will give your body time to fully adjust to the change.
Delarkin Mattresses for Every Sleep Schedule
If you decide to give biphasic sleep a try, let us know how it went. Did you feel your energy levels change? Did you feel more or less refreshed after your nighttime sleep? One way to experience a restful night’s sleep regardless of your sleep schedule is by choosing a Delarkin mattress. Our mattresses are specifically designed with the traveller in mind, providing exceptional comfort for even the most sporadic sleep schedules. Shop our mattresses online or contact our team to get a quote on your custom mattress today!