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Getting the perfect nap


You are not being lazy. Napping will make you more productive and alert.

Abide by the following tips for a better nap:
  • Try to nap in the morning or just after lunch; human circadian rhythms make late afternoons a more likely time to fall into deep sleep, which will leave you groggy.
  • Avoid consuming large quantities of caffeine as well as foods that are heavy in fat and sugar, which meddle with a person’s ability to fall asleep.
  • Instead, in the hour or two before your nap time, eat foods high in calcium and protein, which promote sleep.
  • Find a clean, quiet place where people and phones won’t disturb you.
  • Try to darken your nap zone, or wear an eyeshade. Darkness stimulates melatonin, the sleep- inducing hormone.
  • Remember that body temperature drops when you fall asleep. Raise the room temperature or use a blanket.
  • Once you are relaxed and in position to fall asleep, set your alarm for the desired duration (see below).


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 and repairing bones and muscles.

Napping is not for the lazy or depressed. Famous nappers have included Bill Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison.

The moral of the story: You snooze, you gain. Give it a try and see if you aren’t amazed by the results.


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