We all know that taking a nap during the day can have that back-to-life kind of effect. It doesn’t only help us feel rested but you might have also noticed the energy comeback invading you. And that is exactly the purpose of a power nap.
Did you know that a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep? Even the well-rested typically experience an energy dip between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
So if you’re looking to gain energy, feel more productive and help your brain get along the day performing at its full potential, it’s time you learn about the amount of time you should nap, find a space, and start putting this into practice!
Research shows that the perfect length is just 10 minutes. That’s right! With only 10 minutes a day you’re able to avoid sleep inertia, that groggy feeling you get upon waking from deep sleep.
This is because sleep happens in two main cycles: non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. As the Wall Street Journal reports, NREM itself has two parts: a light sleep and slow-wave sleep, which is the deepest kind of sleep. Then there’s REM, where you do most of your dreaming.
The key to the power nap, then, is to sidestep slow-wave and REM sleep, both of which lead to sleep inertia. Take note: If you’re dreaming during that 10-minute session, you’ve immediately fallen into REM sleep, a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep at night, so you should get more.
But in most cases, you’ll wake from a 10-minute nap feeling crisp and refreshed, rather than all sleepy-drunk, research finds.
To continue reading what the research found go to: How To Take The Perfect Power Nap At Work