We all love to sleep. But in a busy life, sleeping is the last thing that we can do. Due to this very reason, we tend to drowse off at our work place or, if we are studying, at our classroom. As a result, we get irritated and generally cannot focus on any sort of work.
What might be the solution for this? Of course, NAP. Taking nap is like rebooting our brain and naps taken for proper length of time can actually benefit the functionality of our brain.
On an article published at The Wall Street Journal, experts say, ’10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work’. Nevertheless, this duration for nap depends upon what type of work you are trying to do next.
For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch. For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking. Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.
So I recommend you to take a nap when you are feeling naggy or out of focus. But don’t forget, timing your nap is as important as planning the duration of the nap.
Reference: The Perfect Nap: Sleeping Is a Mix of Art and Science ~ The Wall Street Journal