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What You Need to Know About Napping

Napping Sun NAP TYPES THE NANO-NAP 10-20 Sleep studies haven't yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals, like when you nod off on someone's shoulder on the train. seconds two to five minutes THE MICRO-NAP Shown to be surprisingly effective at shedding sleepiness. THE MINI-NAP five to 20 Increases alertness, stamina, motor learning, and motor performance. minutes 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 Includes slow-wave plus REM sleep; good for improving perceptual processing; also when the system is flooded with human growth hormone, great for repairing bones and muscles. minutes NAPPING FACTOIDS A nap of 60 minutes improves alertness for up to 10 hours. a copilot) "Nasa" nap in flight (while the plane is manned by a Research on pilots shows that a 26-minute enhanced performance by 34% and overall alertness by 54%. This unofficial holiday was first observed in 1999. National Napping Day is on March 14. 34% March 14 day. Humans have consolidated sleep into one long period, but our morning, from about 2am to 4am, and in the afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm. Most mammals sleep for short periods throughout the bodies are programmed for two periods of intense sleepiness: in the early PM takes place in Madrid. The top napper from won 1,000 euros. October 2010, Spain's first national siesta championship NBA, NHL, and even NFL players are known to be nappers zZ = 1,000€ Siesta cultures have a lower rate of coronary heart disease was that if they napped three times a week their CHD reduced by a whopping 37%. who napped twice a week reduced their CHD by 12%. What was really amazing (CHD). A 2007 study of about 24,0000 Greek people showed that those 37% x1000 NAPPING... 12% 11% 11% 11% 10% increased elevated mood increased stamina elevated ability to stay asleep through the night 9% alertness improved quality of interactions & enhanced mental abilities decreased 5% decreased daytime sleepiness zzz increased increased physical health the time to nighttime sleep by about 20 increased fall asleep at night refreshed feeling upon waking 10% 14% minutes BUSINESSES THAT PROMOTE NAPPING Google Nike workers now have access to nap-friendly "quiet rooms" that can also be used for meditation $12,985 Google has a number of futuristic napping pods scattered throughout its Mountain View campus. (Its "Energy Pods".- futuristic-looking white capsules that rent for $795 a month or sell for $12,985 where nappers can recline out of other people 's sight and set timers to wake themselves up with vibrations and lights.) BRITISH AIRWAYS Ontinental Continental and British Airways allow pilots to sleep during long international flights while colleagues take over the controls. 6% of workplaces had nap rooms in 2011, a slight increase from 5% the previous year. 6% TTTITITTTTTII х1000 %3 1,508 adults were polled by the National Sleep Foundation. They found that 34% of respondents say their employers allow them to nap at work, and 16% said their employers also have designated napping areas. 34% 16% NAPPING IN OTHER COUNTRIES The siesta rest has origins in Islamic Law and is written about in the Koran. However the word siesta is Spanish, originating from the Latin "Hora Sexto" meaning "the sixth hour" (six hours from dawn is noon). Siesta means "midday rest". Although Spain is often considered as having invented the 'siesta' it's origins go back much further in history within Islam. Romans had a regular siesta; it was considered to be a physical necessity rather than a luxury. An example of a siesta-like habit can be found in Serbia and Slovenia. Especially among older citizens, it is common to observe the so-called "house rule", requiring people to refrain from telephoning or visiting each other between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., as people are supposed to be resting; especially since lunch in Serbia and Slovenia, eaten usually between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., is the main dish of the day. In Bengal, the word which describes the concept is bhat-ghum, literally meaning "rice-sleep", a nap after lunch. In some southern German-speaking regions, the Mittagspause or Mittagsruhe is still customary; shops close, and children are expected to play quietly indoors. In north India a colloquial term sustānā, which literally means "taking small nap" (possibly of Persian origin), is used, although it does not necessarily mean siesta but it is used in same way. Afternoon sleep is also a common habit in China and Taiwan after the midday meal. This is called wujiao (4) in Chinese. Almost all schools in Mainland China and Taiwan have a half-hour nap period right after lunch. This is a time when all lights are out and one is not allowed to do anything other than rest or sleep. Some Japanese offices have special rooms known as napping rooms for their workers to take a nap during lunch break or after overtime work. In the United States, the United Kingdom, and a growing number of other countries, a short sleep has been referred to as a "power nap" FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO NAPPED Bill Clinton napped while President of the United States to help him cope with the pressures of office. Brahms napped at the piano while he composed his famous lullaby: Churchill maintained that he had to nap in order to cope with his wartime responsibilities. Napoleon napped between battles while sitting on his horse. Margaret Thatcher napped in order to be at her best. Geniuses such as Edison and da Vinci napped. Einstein napped frequently during the day to help him think more clearly: He would sit in his favourite armchair with a pencil in his hand and purposefully doze off. He would wake when the pencil dropped, ensuring he did not enter a deep sleep from which it would be difficult to wake up. Sources: A recent study found that napping on a slowly swinging bed really does get us to sleep faster.

What You Need to Know About Napping

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Did you know that a 60-minute nap can improve your alertness for up to 10 hours? Or that Napoleon napped between battles while sitting on his horse? These are just a few of the many interesting facts ...


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