Does getting 8 hours of sleep broken up throughout the day give you the same physical rest as sleeping 8 hours straight?

The short answer is Yes.

There are a few different “alternative” sleep cycles out there. One is the Uberman cycle, where instead of taking a long 8 hour nap, you take 20 minute naps every 4 hours for a total of 2 hours per 24 hours.

The idea is to get your body trained to reach REM sleep quickly, as that is when your body rests and repairs itself. In a standard sleep schedule, it may take your body a few hours to reach REM.

There haven’t been really any side effects reported, although data is limited.

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