Power Nap, Yes!

From NYMag (HT: ANM):

According to several studies summarized in the WSJ, naps are best optimized when based on an understanding of our natural circadian rhythms and REM cycles. Based on that, scientists (or professional nap analysts) have discovered the best time to nap is between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. while sitting up slightly so you don’t fall into a deep sleep. The popular “I’m just gonna nap for 30 minutes” nap is actually the worst kind — it interrupts the REM cycle and leaves people groggy. Sixty-minute naps are best for “memory consolidation” and the 90-minute session is ideal because you’ve completed a total REM cycle.

Don’t have 90 minutes to nap? A study shows that a ten- to twenty-minute power nap is all you need to really recharge, and ten minutes is the sweet spot. People become “sharp right away” and the improved mental acuity lasts for about 2.5 hours.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • josenmiami

    awesome! and I thought I was just getting old.

  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    I suffer under Attention-Deficit Hyper-Activity disorder (ADHD )which means I often feel the same way as if I had drunk ten cup of strong coffee at the same time.

    It goes without saying I also suffer anxiety and insomnia, do many meditation exercises which unfortunately prove insufficient to bring me to the realm of dreams.

    Sometimes I really like to read lovely things about God while lying on my bed.

    I’d be interested to know if there is an association of Christians also suffering under ADHD so that we could exchange our experiences in the walk with the Lord.

    Lovely greetings from Europe.
    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son


  • Amanda B.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find power naps always make me feel foggy and slow. I understand the science behind them, but it seems to me that if I can’t manage a full 90 minutes, the nap simply isn’t worth it.

  • josenmiami

    I just put in practice what you preached! priceless