Guy Slept For Only Five Hours Per Night As An Experiment And Here's What He Found Out

Guy Slept For Only Five Hours Per Night As An Experiment And Here's What He Found Out

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Ryan Bergara is a Buzzfeed Motion Pictures Staff member. It was around the beginning of April 2018, when he decided to take on the daunting task of changing his sleep schedule. By now, almost everybody is aware of the inherent benefits of sleep apart from feeling refreshed, renewed and recharged every morning. Along with dreaming, spreading out in a big comfortable bed and doing absolutely nothing, as reported by Health.com, has been proven to improve human memory, extend lifespans and also curb inflammation among several other benefits.


While most people sleep in a ‘monophasic pattern’ whereby we sleep for about eight hours and then stay awake for the other 16 hours of the day, some places, such as Latin America, have different sleeping patterns and habits. In countries in Latin America, people use the ‘biphasic’ sleeping pattern: they sleep for five to six hours and then they have a 30 to 90-minute siesta where they can either sleep or nap.


However, Ryan wanted an even tougher challenge, so he chose to engage in a ‘polyphasic’ sleeping method. The purpose of the polyphasic sleeping pattern is to break up your sleep into as many chunks as possible to optimize the amount of time you stay awake. Ryan decided to interview Jackson Nexhip, the author of Polyphasic Sleep And Productivity, to hear his opinion on polyphasic sleep. Jackson said: ‘so I’ll sleep for four and a half hours and then I’ll have two twenty minute naps throughout the day.’


Guy Slept For Only Five Hours Per Night As An Experiment And Here's What He Found Out

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This sleep schedule is named the ‘Everyman,’ and in total it'd amount to a little more than five hours of sleep every day. The most extreme form of polyphasic sleeping is the ‘Uberman’ with which people sleep for less than two hours per night via six twenty minute naps. The ‘Uberman’ incurs an extra twenty years worth of awake time if you extend it over a lifetime!


Guy Slept For Only Five Hours Per Night As An Experiment And Here's What He Found Out

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Nonetheless, in spite of Ryan’s consultation with Dr. Alon Avidan, a sleep expert at UCLA, who advised that a minimum of seven hours of sleep is required, Ryan still wanted to undertake the ‘Everyman’ sleep schedule. His report on Buzzfeed read: "day 1 and Day 2 were especially hard for me. By Day 2, it was hard to get the energy to work out or complete daily functions. Dr. Avidan warned me of the short-term effects, like slower reaction time, memory problems, cognitive problems, lack of creativity, and increased irritability."


Ryan documented his sleep-deprived schedule on YouTube, and by day four he said: "I’m so brain dead right now, I’m incapable of doing anything." By the time he finished the fifth day, he had already reported that he was ‘feeling better’ and then was recorded laughing hysterically at a ‘joke’ about his boss making homemade hummus.


Guy Slept For Only Five Hours Per Night As An Experiment And Here's What He Found Out

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By day seven, Ryan had to ‘tap out’ and cave in for some extra sleep. He said that he was beginning to get sick and that his leg injury from the gym wasn’t getting better because of the lack of sleep. He also claimed that he understood "how crucial the proper amount of sleep is for functionality" and how he didn’t "experience heightened focus or creativity nor did [he] feel the extra time awake per day was worth it." In the end, he decided to agree with Dr. Avidan that very few people can function on polyphasic sleep as most human bodies are suited for a biphasic sleeping pattern.


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