Power Napping: What Are The Pro’s And Con’s Of This Habit?
29 Nov 2015
With many of us struggling to keep our eyes open during the day it has brought on a culture on the ‘power nap’, but did you know there are actually 5 types of napping? Power napping is just one of them, lets explore.
Types of napping, including power napping
These are brief intervals where you may doze off on your partners shoulder on the train or in the car and are usually 10 – 20 seconds in duration.
This is a nap lasting between 2 – 5 minutes and is surprisingly effective at giving the snoozer an instant boost.
This is an nap interval of between 5 – 20 minutes. These naps have been proven to increase alertness, stamina and personal performance.
The Original Power Nap
A 20 minute nap which is said to improve muscle memory and clear the mind of residual information. It includes the benefits of both the micro and mini naps.
The Lazy Man’s Nap
These are more extended intervals of between 50 – 90 minutes, the benefit of this nap is that it include slow wave plus REM sleep. This type of nap is great for perceptual processing and repairing bones and muscles.
What is it about catching those “forty winks”?
Whilst naps are not by any means a long term solution for sleep deprivation they certainly do offer instant relief for a tired and weary body.
It is important to ascertain whether your sleep issues are as a result of any of these sleep disorders:
– Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS)
It is important to treat long term sleep deprivation by finding out what is causing the lack of sleep, and not just treating the symptom of sleeplessness. Most solutions include a physical, nutritional and nutraceutical solution in order to once again restore the body to optimal health.