Wednesday, January 19, 2011

On Power Naps

I laughed while reading the details of power naps, check it out:

How long is a good nap?
  • THE NANO-NAP: 10 to 20 seconds. Sleep studies haven’t yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals, like when you nod off on someone’s shoulder on the train.
  • THE MICRO-NAP: two to five minutes. Shown to be surprisingly effective at shedding sleepiness.
  • THE MINI-NAP: five to 20 minutes. Increases alertness, stamina, motor learning, and motor performance.
  • THE ORIGINAL POWER NAP: 20 minutes. Includes the benefits of the micro and the mini, but additionally improves muscle memory and clears the brain of useless built-up information, which helps with long-term memory (remembering facts, events, and names).
  • THE LAZY MAN’S NAP: 50 to 90 minutes. Includes slow-wave plus REM sleep; good for improving perceptual processing; also when the system is flooded with human growth hormone, great for repairing bones and muscles.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, napping isn’t for the lazy or depressed. Famous nappers have included Bill Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison. The moral of the story: to be ultra-productive, just rest your head. You snooze, you gain. Give it a try for yourself and see if you aren’t amazed at the results!

    Info gathered from: Ririan Project "10 Benefits of Power Napping"

    3 comments:

    Patmos Pete said...
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    Hansen Lung said...

    hahaha I can do the original, mini and micro. Awesome! :)

    emily said...

    before I had babies, my naps were no shorter than 2 hours. How I miss that....