How To Nap; Yes It’s More Complicated Than You Thought
No. Napping is not as simple as you think. There are short naps–10 to 20 minute power naps, slightly longer -60-minute naps, and full-fledged long naps-90 minutes. What’s best for you? That depends, according to the Wall Street Journal, on your personal napping goal. Looking for a quick boost of alertness? The Journal recommends a 10 to 20-minute power nap. For cognitive memory processing, meaning improved memory of facts and faces, go with the 60-minute option. And for emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike, you’ll want the 90-minute version. Wait, there’s more. You still have to decide when to nap. The Journal suggests that 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is best, because napping later could keep you up at night. Finally, we look at value napping; which nap gives you the greatest benefit per minute of sleep. No contest, says the Journal. The 10-minute power nap pays the best dividends.