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Sunday, September 9, 2007

yesterday i took a nap

Yesterday I went with Cheryl for her long run. I couldn't go as far as her long run normally is, so she shortened her run to accommodate me. But, none the less I pushed it and ran farther and faster than I have in a long time and I really felt it the rest of the day. So much in fact that I found myself dozing in a chair while watching Tiger Woods try to hold on to his lead in the BMW. After moving from the chair to the couch I was out for about forty-five minutes. According to this chart, it was a lazy man's nap. It was awesome.

How Long Is A Good Nap?

  • THE NANO-NAP: 10 to 20 seconds. Sleep studies haven’t yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals, like when you nod off on someone’s shoulder on the train.
  • THE MICRO-NAP: two to five minutes. Shown to be surprisingly effective at shedding sleepiness.
  • THE MINI-NAP: five to 20 minutes. Increases alertness, stamina, motor learning, and motor performance.
  • THE ORIGINAL POWER NAP: 20 minutes. Includes the benefits of the micro and the mini, but additionally improves muscle memory and clears the brain of useless built-up information, which helps with long-term memory (remembering facts, events, and names).
  • THE LAZY MAN’S NAP: 50 to 90 minutes. Includes slow-wave plus REM sleep; good for improving perceptual processing; also when the system is flooded with human growth hormone, great for repairing bones and muscles.

  • 10 Benefits of Power Napping, and How to Do It at Personal Development with Ririan Project
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