Maybe, maybe not.
"There is no evidence, even anecdotal, that more sleep promotes or accelerates bone healing,” said Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, an orthopedic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
But could sleep be a factor in healing other kinds of injury? A 2004 study
in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology concluded that perceived stress
and levels of stress hormones predicted the speed of wound healing but
that several other factors, including alcohol consumption, exercise and
sleep, did not.
Anyway, there is obviously mountains of information that swears up & down that sleep is responsible for all manner of things… and maybe it is, but I haven’t seen much that actually was able to measure the claims. Maybe it’s out there, I haven’t done much research. But with how individual people are, I just can’t buy into the idea that everyone needs sleep for X Y or Z reason.
Why would they want to?? OMG how about 1/3 of your life back?? lol I’ve wanted to not have to sleep for as long as I can remember. I don’t mind sleeping, I just resent that I have to (anyone notice a pattern here?? LOL) I would love to be able to put sleep on my terms the way I’ve now put food on my terms with Soylent. Polyphasic sleep did that for me, but like I said it was incompatible with everyone else. There was really no problem after the initial adjustment, and tons and tons of benefits. It’s hard to describe and many others have done so in their blogs better than me, so I won’t try. Suffice it to say the overall experience was hugely positive on many, many levels.
Not true. The key is the right minimal amount of REM sleep. Without that - you’re screwed. But get at least a required minimum (and I was never able to push it as low as 2 hours per day personally, 4 was about my minimum) and you can function great.
I’m not in any way arguing that what Bucky did was smart, safe, or anything else. In fact I know next to nothing about the man. I can only speak absolutely for myself and relate stories of others. If you’ve never done it (and done it right… it’s not easy), then you really don’t come from a place of knowledge. Which is fine, it just is what it is.
I would have loved to have continued it if I just didn’t have to interact with the rest of the world at all.