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  • Polyphasic sleep adequate for reovery?

    Title explains it all. How do TBB docs feel about different kinds of polyphasic sleep in the context of recovery from training?

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    It really depends how strictly you'd want to define polyphasic sleep and what the context is, e.g. someone competing in an ultraendurance event with compromised sleep patterns or a normal person working out 3x/wk who frequents Reddit (nothing wrong with that).

    There's some evidence that those who are sleep deprived or those with compromised sleep schedules have improved vigilance, lower RPE's, and better performance on a variety of tasks after napping- though nothing has been specifically studied in resistance training or strengths sports. There is also an issue with regular napping compromising normal sleep-wake schedules...

    If you're not referring to just a nap during specific periods, then I'd say the jury is still out on polyphasic sleep and performance overall- though folks seem to do worse when compared to those following a more regular sleep-wake cycle who are sleeping enough.
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      Originally posted by Jordan Feigenbaum View Post
      ..or a normal person working out 3x/wk who frequents Reddit (nothing wrong with that).
      For my purposes more along the lines of this. I have work a lot and I want to start a 3x /wk maintenance workout because I can't afford health insurance to run The Bridge or any other more serious strength development programs. Because my work hours are all over the place I've recently been considering bisecting my 7 hours of consecutive sleep into two 3.5 hour phases.

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        I don't think you'll be able to do that successfully.
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