Transform the way you sleep

Transform the way you sleep

A woman sleepingPeople need sleep to be productive at work. If the night-time nap doesn’t do it for you, you could try one of these four alternative sleep cycles.

Feeling sleepy?

You know that feeling when you’ve stayed up too late, but still have to get up bright and early for work the next day? When it gets to 1am and you’re still wide awake with three episodes of that box set still to get through? When you can’t help but count down the dwindling hours you have left to get some rest?

If any of that sounds familiar, then we’ve got good news for you! It turns out that a ‘normal’ seven to nine hours of sleep at night (known as the monophasic cycle) isn’t the only routine around. Some people follow different sleep patterns — and feel all the better for it.

In a world where very few of us work a regular shift pattern, this is a bonus. Maybe, just maybe, you can find a sleep pattern that better fits your lifestyle. So, without further ado, here are four alternatives that you could try.

Alternative sleep patterns

  1. Biphasic cycle (five to six hours at night and one nap in the day).

This is already a popular sleep cycle in Spain and other parts of the world. It’s great for giving you a boost later in the day, and ideal for those who don’t need quite so much sleep at night.

  1. Everyman cycle (3.5 hours of core sleep, and three 20-minute naps throughout the day).

This sleep cycle still gives you one long(ish) snooze, but, at the same time, allows you a massive 19.5 hours of waking time. Great if you want to maximise your output.

  1. Dymaxion cycle (four 30-minute naps throughout the day).

Here’s where we get to the drastically different. This has the most waking hours of any sleep cycle. If you’re lucky enough to really not need much sleep, this could be the one for you — although it’s the hardest to adapt to. It sounds pretty horrible to us, but each to their own!

  1. Uberman cycle (Six to eight equidistant 20-minute naps).

This cycle isn’t easy to adopt, and will only work if your job allows you to have a nap every 3.5 hours. But if it does fit in with your schedule (and you’re gifted enough that you can fall asleep almost anywhere) it’ll mean you can be productive around the clock — as long as you’re prepared to put in the work.

Around the clock

The lesson here is that you don’t have to settle for something that’s not working for you. If you want to make more of the 24 hours in the day — do it. Although, be warned: changing a lifetime sleeping habit won’t be easy.

On the topic of making the most of your day — a 24 micromarket can help you there too.

Our micromarkets are open 24/7 and are always stocked with a huge variety of food and drink. What’s more, our technology lets us learn what it is your workplace likes, so your micromarket is catered to your specific needs. Not to mention, it’s much easier to adopt than a new sleep cycle.

Get in touch today to find out how a micromarket can help your workplace get through any 24 hours — regardless of sleep.