Sleep is essential to good health. Most people say that lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, loss of concentration, irritability, and a weaker immune system.
However, there are some who propose that it is the quality, not the quantity of sleep that matters. They support the “Da Vinci Sleep Schedule”—so named after one of the greatest thinkers of all time, Leonardo da Vinci, who only had two hours of sleep a day. While some strictly follow this rather strict diet of snoozes, the majority hold to a more realistic number: five hours, maximum. They call it the “sleep of genius” or more clinically “polyphasic sleep.”
These five-hours, however, are not to be taken at one go. Instead, like Da Vinci, supporters must have ten to twenty minute power naps, with one “session” every four hours. Some companies actually encourage their employees to take these “sleep breaks.”
The first two weeks of following the Da Vinci Sleep Schedule can be quite hard. As the body adjusts it will encounter poor coordination, dipping energy levels, and impaired alertness. Nausea, headaches and poor appetite may also be a problem.
However, after two weeks, people claim they experience a creative burst. Artists like Lord Byron, and leaders like Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon, all followed the sleep schedule at their most productive periods.
Those who may want to try the Da Vinci Sleep Schedule should first consult a doctor, since it may be dangerous to those who have low blood sugar or other medical conditions.