To make sleep more efficient, and if possible, to completely reduce it in order to increase your own productivity, many people dream of. It seems that if you learn to sleep a little, but get enough sleep during this time, you can literally turn the earth over. In an attempt to improve their sleep, people sometimes rely on the habits of geniuses. After all, they managed to do a lot all in the same 24 hours.

There is an opinion that Nikola Tesla He slept for 2-3 hours, which was enough for him. Leonardo da Vinci credited with the ability to sleep for 20 minutes every 4 hours. At the same time, sleepy can be called Albert Einstein, who, according to legend, took 10 hours to rest. About whether it is worth repeating the experience of great pundits and what recommendations you can listen to, he told somnologist, member of the Supreme Expert Council of the Department of Integrative Health Technologies of the Academy of Social Technologies Mikhail Poluektov.

It’s not worth focusing on the great sleep norms walking on the network, the expert is sure. After all, as he noted, unfortunately, none of the listed cases has been documented. It is quite possible to assume that Nikola Tesla, working on some kind of invention, being in a state of excitement, sometimes slept a little, and then slept off. But we do not have any scientific data on this issue.

One can only superficially comment on the sleeping habits of famous personalities and draw some parallels with the theses offered by modern somnology. “For example, regarding the information available on the Internet that Einstein slept more than 10 hours, I will say that there is a category of long-sleeping people – they really need more sleep to recover than other people, but there are very few such people. Whether Einstein was one of the long-sleeping people is unknown, perhaps he, like other great scientists, had the practice of working for a long time, actually burning his body, and then, on the contrary, recovering by sleeping off. It is possible that his sleep for more than 10 hours fell on the recovery period, ”says Mikhail Poluektov.

The somnologist emphasizes that no data has been found that would convincingly indicate that one or another of the famous people really had special sleep habits. Therefore, you should not try them on in your life, but adhere to generally accepted recommendations on the norm of sleep.

And this is the absence of gadgets before bedtime, compliance with sleep hygiene, fresh air in the bedroom and other well-known recommendations.

sleep in phases

“At the same time, it is believed that Leonardo da Vinci was the progenitor of such a phenomenon as polyphasic sleep. Despite the fact that in his documents and records there is no information that he slept for 15 minutes every 4 hours, he is called one of the adherents of this sleep regimen, ”says Mikhail Poluektov.

Polyphasic sleep is sleeping several times a day, as newborns and small children or some animals do, and this mode really allows you to reduce the amount of daily sleep.

In some countries, polyphasic sleep has become a cultural code in the form of a siesta in Spain and some Latin American countries. PowerNap, a short 10-30 minute afternoon nap that helps rejuvenate and reduce the negative effects of sleep deprivation, is a variation of polyphasic sleep. It can be recommended only to people who do not have problems with night sleep. If a person falls asleep badly in the evening every day, then most likely daytime sleep will only exacerbate this problem, Mikhail Poluektov summarizes.