Research has shown that naps are beneficial for boosting energy, increasing creativity and even improving short term memory. Parents know children that nap during the day can maintain better behaviour and energy levels until bed time at night. Apparently adults can benefit from naps too; the question is how long should adults nap for maximum productivity…
This diagram suggests that a mere 20-minute nap can boost energy levels without feeling groggy upon waking. After 30 minutes grogginess is a factor when waking up. At one hour grogginess is reduced but short term memory can improve. One hour and thirty minutes of sleep allow for a full REM (rapid eye movement) cycle, and improved creativity upon waking.
To sum it up, it appears that a 20 minutes power nap is the way to go for adults. Almost everyone, including me, should be able to fit twenty minutes into their day. Children, on the other hand, probably benefit more from a minimum of 90 minutes of napping. Parents probably benefit most from their children taking longer naps too, creating a win-win situation.
Humans and animals can nap just about anywhere as depicted by these pictures…
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