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How Long Should You Nap?


Sleep is a very fundamental variable not only for our health but also for our productiveness. We tend to work more and more hours every day, and while doing this, sleep is being sacrificed. Sacrificing sleep is not only unhealthy, but it is also making you tired and unproductive.

Napping can be a great way to balance work and sleep but how long should you nap?

10-20 min Nap Time
A power nap that will boost your focus and productivity. A length that usually limits you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement sleep, making it easy to get back to work after waking up. Need an extra boost? Try the Caffeine Nap!
10-20 min Power Nap
30 min Nap Time
Sleeping this amount of time may cause sleep inertia, a hangover-like feeling that may last up to 30 minutes after waking up, before the actual restorative benefits become apparent.

60 min Nap Time
Best for improvement in remembering facts, faces and names. It includes slow-wave sleep, which is the deepest type. The downside: some grogginess upon waking up.
60 min Power Nap
90 min Nap Time
This is a full cycle of sleep, meaning the lighter and deeper stages, including REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. This leads to improvement of emotional and procedural memory and enhances creativity. A nap of this length typically avoids sleep inertia, making it easier to wake up.
90 min Power Nap

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Happy Napping :)

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