The power nap: How Long to get the Biggest Benefits?

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After long hours of work, getting ready to open our Art intervention, we got so tired! We realized we need a good nap. But, do you know how long should be?

Let’s hear the experts!

  • From 10 to 20 minutes: The power nap is ideal for a boost in alertness and energy, experts say. This length usually limits you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement  (NREM) sleep, making it easier to hit the ground running after waking up.
  • 30 minutes: Some studies show sleeping this long may cause sleep inertia, a hangover-like groggy feeling that lasts for up to 30 minutes after waking up, before the nap’s restorative benefits become apparent.
  • 60 minutes: This nap is best for improvement in remembering facts, faces and names. It includes slow-wave sleep, the deepest type. The downside: some grogginess upon waking up.
  • 90 minutes: This is a full cycle of sleep, meaning the lighter and deeper stages, including REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, typically likened to the dreaming stage. This leads to improved emotional and procedural memory (i.e. riding a bike, playing the piano) and creativity. A nap of this length typically avoids sleep inertia, making it easier to wake up.

So, do you nap?

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