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Sleeping less… to live longer?

I’ll have to take my blogger hat off for a second and play doctor. One of the current hot topics in the blogosphere and also the gtalk circuit is polyphasic (or Uberman’s) sleep. The basic idea is by taking multiple bursts of short naps throughout the 24hr period, a person can get by on less sleep. The experience suggests that these people eventually become acclimatized to an overall shorter sleep time.

The idea is that lesser sleeping time equals more productive time with a possible impact on efficiency. The bull continues and continues but should be in control.

Increasing your life span by sleeping less

Now to substantiate my reasoning, here are some hard facts backed with medical research.

Although it’s a common belief that 8 hours of sleep is required for optimal health, a six-year study of more than one million adults ages 30 to 102 has shown that people who sleep moderately lesser hours have a lower death rate. Individuals with sleeping hours either less than 4 hrs or more than 7hrs were shown to have a significantly increased death rate compared to those who averaged 5-6hrs.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the American Cancer Society collaborated on the study and this was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association.

Although the data indicated the highest mortality rates with long-duration sleep, unfortunately the study could not explain the causes or reasons for this association.

Dr. Daniel F. Kripke, a UCSD professor of psychiatry who specializes in sleep research, said “we don’t know if long sleep periods lead to death. Additional studies are needed to determine if setting your alarm clock earlier will actually improve your health.”

Now wake up… wake up if you wanna live longer! [LOL]

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  1. MD ABDUL QAVI
    June 26, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Taking the credit for motivating you for this blog. Your research seems to overlook one of the important parameters — Efficiency at work. Who cares if we die early. The bottom line should be how much we contribued? Looking forward to your ‘consultant’ opions on that front soon !!

    cheers
    Abdul Qavi
    Trying to be insomniac!!

  2. June 26, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    @ Qavi

    Yea, all credit to you for prompting me to think in this direction.

    As for the efficiency, it is a trade-off… being awake @ 80% efficiency for 20hrs is the same as 100% efficiency for 16hrs (itz all mathematics dude)!

    Nevertheless, practically speaking, I wouldn’t recommend sleeping less @ the expense of harming your productivity… need to balance it well (u remember our chat on balance in life) LOL

    Sleep less and live longer… May God Bless You!

  3. MD ABDUL QAVI
    June 26, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    I would go for 100% eff for 16 hours!

  4. June 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    @ Qavi

    It’s a personal choice… u know, the last time I turned a proper insomniac, the doc told me that it wasn’t insomnia but jus’ that I needed little sleep. He assured me of nutin going wrong but advised me to sleep whenever I feel sleep or feel my productivity is getting hampered. And, I continued my sleepless routines 🙂

  5. Prats
    June 27, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Now you are out justifying your insomniac ways… bad boy. I thought a dame in your life would mean more relaxed life… masti karo dude

  6. Sharat
    June 27, 2007 at 5:32 am

    wow man, you have research to back everything you say. I’m impressed. You are one of the absolutely few people who live like a consultant, eat like a consultant, talk like a consultant, sleep like a consultant, behave like a consultant and then on top of all this, work as a consultant.

  7. June 27, 2007 at 5:37 am

    @ Prats

    no longer am I an insomniac thanks to the same reason 🙂 sleeping more… and still hoping to live longer [LOL]

  8. June 27, 2007 at 5:39 am

    @ Sharat

    Life is all about how you can convince people around you. And then there is this backup, if you can’t convince them, just confuse them.

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