Nor does it matter whether it is coherent or broken.
This is what sleep researcher Birgitte Rahbek Kornum, Ph.D. and Associate Professor at the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Copenhagen.
– You can easily distribute your sleep. You just have to be aware that you can not sleep less in a day just because you distribute it. But if you take an hour and a half of noon sleep, you can cut an hour and a half of your night’s sleep, she says.
You can even divide your sleep into eight blocks of an hour over the course of a day. It is well-founded that it is neither better nor worse than eight hours in a row at night, says the sleep researcher.
– It gives the same result in terms of brain function. But it is obviously a bit of a hassle to sleep an hour spread out over eight times, she says.
To some it may sound surprising, but according to Birgitte Rahbek Kornum, it makes quite good sense.
From sleep research, one already knows that sleep has four different phases. These are phases that the sleeper can reach through in less than an hour and a half.
– The phases still switch between each other. When you have slept for an hour and a half, you have been through all the stages, and then there is nothing wrong with being awake.
– It is perhaps surprising that sleep during the day is of as good quality as at night, says Birgitte Rahbek Kornum.
However, she notes that it can be easier to sleep stably at night because it is dark, for example.
But the sleep rhythm is up to the individual.
– You have to find out what suits your own biology. The only thing you can do is try it out.
– Many people thrive really well on sleeping five to six hours a night and then take a nap, says Birgitte Rahbek Kornum.
While, according to the sleep researcher, it is subordinate to when and how you get your sleep – as long as you get enough hours – there are examples of the methods becoming too extreme.
– I have heard of some who have tried micro-sleep and say: “Okay, I sleep a quarter of an hour at a time eight times a day”. It is typically such a thing of self-optimization. That is, you want more out of the day.
– All experiments that have been done show that it is not possible. One’s brain is just slowly getting worse and worse, she says.
/ ritzau focused /
Source: The Nordic Page