The Power of the POWER NAP!

23 May

Ever doze off watching TV after work and wake up 20 minutes later feeling completely, and yet, mysteriously rejuvenated?

Oh snap, that’s a POWER NAP!

The first step to getting a great power nap is psychological, meaning you need to stop feeling bad about partaking in a midday snooze! Why? Because napping will ultimately increase your energy and productivity. With a clear head, you’ll be able to complete your tasks faster and make better decisions.

Researchers say that power naps regenerate the brain’s functioning abilities. Response time, creativity skills and muscle reparation all benefit from a 20 minute nap. In addition, a little bit of relaxation (albeit 20 minutes) still helps to lessen the stress an individual might feel at any particular time. A rested mind and body helps us focus on what’s important while negating the tasks that aren’t.

According to Dr. Sara Mednick, author of “Take a Nap! Change Your Life” there are several types of naps.

THE NANO-NAP: 10 to 20 seconds.

  • Sleep studies haven’t yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals. Unfotunately, these naps usually lead to embarrassing Youtube videos… so be careful!

THE MICRO-NAP: 2 to 5 minutes.

  • Researchers say these naps can be effective at lessening sleepiness.

THE MINI-NAP: 5 to 19 minutes.

  • Increase in alertness, stamina, motor learning, and 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.

  • Improves REM sleep, perceptual processing, and is great for repairing bones and muscles. Just be careful about napping too much in the afternoon. The Lazy Man’s Nap can make you feel groggy afterwards and might make it harder to fall asleep later.

Ultimately, power naps can help you achieve the following:

  1. Less Stress
  2. Increased Alertness and Productivity
  3. Improved Memory and Learning
  4. Healthy Heart
  5. Increase Cognitive Functioning
  6. Increased Motivation for Exercise
  7. Boosts Your Creativity
  8. Makes Up for Midnight Tossing and Turning
  9. Helps Prevent Sleepiness for Overnight Shift Workers
  10. Overall Better Health (Heart Functioning, Hormonal Balance & Cell Repair)
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