Are you an unsatisfied nap taker? I feel your pain and want to clue you in to one of the most important elements of nap taking I learned my senior year in college. I was a health major and wrote my senior honors thesis on the effects of nap taking on college women. In my research study I had each subject take 2 naps per week for three weeks using Power Nap Kit. Here’s a golden nugget we all discovered from using this napping tool.
You do have time for a short nap, one lasting 10-20 minutes. A single sleep cycle takes about 90 minutes. But if you sleep for only 10-20 minutes you will wake up before you’ve entered the deep sleep phase of the cycle. As a result, you’ll feel refreshed and your body and mind will have gained the healing and restoration of up to 4 hours of sleep! And that’s what the research says, not me.
Earlier in my college career I had tried to take naps but always slept too long and got into the deep sleep phase of the cycle. I woke up groggy, not feeling great and therefore gave up trying to nap and resorted to more caffeine instead. Don’t do it, just learn how to nap correctly – for 10-20 minutes - and your body and brain will thank you. I’ll take that over coffee any day.