Claudio Stampi

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Dr. Claudio Stampi is the founder (in 1997), director and sole proprietor of the Chronobiology Research Institute which he runs from his home in Newton, Massachusetts.[1] He is a researcher of the use of short naps in extreme conditions. Born in São Paulo, Brazil of Italian parents, he earned a doctorate in medicine (1977) from the University of Bologna in Italy where he later earned more specialized degrees in neurology and biomedical technologies (1983–84).[1]

Stampi became interested in chronobiology when he noticed that a number of his fellow long distance sail boat racing comrades adopted a systematic polyphasic sleep pattern with minimal impairment. An avid sailor, Stampi participated in two global sail races, including the 1981-2 Whitbread Race, where he served as Chief Scientist and Skipper[2] of the research yacht La Barca Laboratorio; a boat that did not finish the race.


Publications include the following: Why We Nap: Evolution, Chronobiology, and Functions of Polyphasic and Ultrashort Sleep (1992)


  1. ^ a b Zimmerman, Tim (April 2005). "Miles to Go Before I Sleep". Outside Online. Outside Magazine: 4 pages. Archived from the original on August 20, 2010. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  2. ^ "History" (PDF). VolvoOceanRace. The NewsMarket. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 

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