The Scientific Guide to Good Naps
I confess. I do so enjoy a good nap.
As a matter of fact, I'm contemplating one in this afternoon's plans. I had a little trouble sleeping last night, and I really don't want to be grouchy when Z comes home from school.
So, how do you make the very best of that ever so fleeting opportunity for a nap? Leave it to SCIENCE! Yes, science can show you how to take the best nap for your specific needs. Let's move on to Napping 101. A guide, if you will, to getting the ideal nap for your specific needs.
1. If you just need to be more alert and focused, a 10 to 20-minute nap gives you a boost in alertness for two hours or more.
2. If your brain isn't working and you can't think straight, a one hour nap gives you more focus and also improves memory and learning.
3. If you need a complete reset, a 90-minute nap puts you through a full sleep cycle, which gives benefits in alertness, memory, learning, creativity, and performance.
4. If you're not sure WHAT you need, a 10-minute nap should be the default. It was better than five minutes, 20 minutes, or 30 minutes in a recent study.
5. If you don't even have enough time for a nap, ANYTHING helps, even just resting your eyes for a minute. (Editor's note: Robert catches me doing this throughout the morning here. He calls them my "micro-naps." They're great, so long as I wake up in time to put Tim on the air for sports!)
I think I'll set the hammock up under a tree and catch a snooze outside today. Heck. I'm getting sleepy just thinking about it.