If you have an hour-long lunch break, consider taking a power nap. Here's why:
"Many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, about 8 hours after waking," explains Elizabeth Scott in Sleep Benefits: Power Napping for Increased Productivity, Stress Relief & Health. "Research shows that you can make yourself more alert, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning with a nap. Mid-day sleep, or a power nap, means more patience, less stress, better reaction time, increased learning, more efficiency and better health."
Even NASA astronauts are taking naps, finding a 34% boost in performance and a 54% spike in alertness after a power nap. Some experts suggest 20-30 minutes to be optimal so we don't drift into the deep sleep cycle while other studies such as a recent article in the "Neurobiology of Learning and Memory" suggest about one to two hours. I would suggest napping from 5 minutes to 120 minutes, depending on the time that you have and your need for sleep. If you can sleep for 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon, then do it. The recent study in Germany noted (NBLM) above demonstrated a five fold increase in RECALL for the subjects. The authors wrote that it was in the Hypocampus, a small memory app in your brain converts short term memory into long term memory.
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