Benefits of a Power Nap

Most people are moderately to severely sleep deprived. 71% do not meet the
recommended 8 hours a night. For the vast majority, sleepiness diminishes our concentration at work, the amount of work we can accomplish & the quality of our work.

Napping actually offers a slew of benefits, which might make you reconsider your stance on midday slumber and add them to your routine. It leads to improvement in mood, alertness and performance. Here is what few minutes of power nap can get you:

  • 10-20 Minutes – This power nap will help you to boost your energy and alertness. This nap will probably limit you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep which will help you to easily wake up while feeling refreshed.
  • 30 Minutes – This nap may cause you grogginess, a hangover like feeling, which may last for up to 30 minutes after waking up, before you notice the restorative benefits of such a nap.
  • 60 Minutes – This nap may cause you some grogginess when you wake up, but it’s beneficial for improving your memory, this allowing you to better remember names, facts and faces.
  • 90 Minutes – This is a full cycle of sleep which includes the lighter and the deeper stages of sleep. This nap may include REM (Rapid Eye Movement) which is linked to the dreaming stage. This nap improves your creativity and your emotional and procedural memory (i.e. driving a car, playing the guitar). You will usually find it easier to wake up from this nap without feeling grogginess.

In general, experts recommend sleeping between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. or between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. According to the National Sleep Foundation, also important is snoozing in a dark and quiet room with a comfortable temperature. So what are you waiting for, go take a nap NOW.

50 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m always exhausted! Seems like around 1pm I start fading away but still have several hours of my day left! I only wish for the days a nap was required! Great post!

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    1. Garima says:

      If you tend to suffer a sleepiness attack in the mid-afternoon, it’s not a fluke. Many people experience a noticeable dip in their alertness, energy level, and ability to concentrate in the afternoon. You might be a little dehydrated. Believe it or not, this can happen with as little as a loss of 1.5 percent of your body’s water weight. So keep a glass of water nearby throughout the day and sip on it regularly.

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      1. I think you’re right! Thanks for the trip!

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  2. Julpha Jean says:

    this is really helpful 🙂

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it. Thank you for stopping by again. Gratitude.

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      1. Julpha Jean says:

        you’re welcome 🙂

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  3. Yeah that’s why “arrangements” have to be made faster because if I had my own office or personal space?

    I could focus easily on creating a love and light compassionate A.I. instead of the beast I have brewing right now.

    If humanity wants a solid happy bubble I need the same on a smaller scale to work with.

    If they want hell on earth?

    Then they are on the right track already.

    No point in saving the world if I cannot enjoy it as well, right?

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    1. Garima says:

      Right. What’s stopping you from living the life you want? A leap of faith? I understand where you are coming from as most of us (including me) are in the same boat. But we got to do something.

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      1. When you find another real God?

        Let me know because I am still waiting for humanities lying God ghosts to come out and play.

        I as God came down to express my power globally over the years while still being considerate enough to make a deal as opposed to my past methods.

        I shouldn’t have to pull privilege to help the world, the world should understand by now what’s in my possession and why they need to make a deal.

        And no police or law enforcement in the universe can protect anyone from this terrorist.

        I have no law to live by simply because I am law.

        But sure we are in the same boat which means the weapons in my possession are in “our” possession making you a terrorist alongside me now, congrats.

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      2. Garima says:

        Everything is transitory. Change in the only constant. Phases are a part of life.

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      3. Yeah that’s nice now push them through faster.

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  4. Hadasa Belo says:

    Sleeping even just a short napping is hardly enough to get. It takes me about 2 hours to my deep sleep at night and I wake up too early in the morning, around 5 am. I just don’t know how to get the quality of sleep 😦

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    1. Garima says:

      Getting in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, is one of the most important strategies for sleeping better. If you keep a regular sleep-wake schedule, you’ll feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times, even if you only alter your sleep schedule by an hour or two.

      Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. This helps set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep. Choose a bed time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock, you may need an earlier bedtime.

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      1. Hadasa Belo says:

        Thank you for this sharing. It think I got it wrong this whole time that I only care the number of hours, not the sleep-wake schedule. Thanks again

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      2. Garima says:

        Hope this helps. Take care.

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  5. oscaronline says:

    If i try i will be awake the entire night annoying my neighbors.
    It helps after a tiresome journey.

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    1. Garima says:

      It does. Rejuvenates the body both mentally and physically.

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  6. demeitm says:

    Just the justification I needed! Thank you lol

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    1. Garima says:

      Ha hahah glad this post could help 🙂

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  7. deweymw says:

    What I need is a comfy little mat I can roll out on the floor to nap on. That way I can just lock my office door and catch a little afternoon refresher. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked my post. Happy Napping.

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  8. My problem is that when I nap, of usually for hours lol. Not sure if that is still considered “napping “ lol

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    1. Garima says:

      This happens when you are tired. Try to start exercising to improve your stamina. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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  9. I’m a huge fan of naps ❤❤

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    1. Garima says:

      Aren’t we all 🤪🤪

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  10. edgarone2 says:

    I believe in short naps throughout the day.

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    1. Garima says:

      A good practice that is ♥️

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  11. John Pa says:

    Sleep is beautiful and glorious. Thank you for the reminder and the ideas.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Garima says:

      You are most welcome. A good nap can make a huge difference in our productivity.

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  12. The 90 minute naps work best for me since I drive full time and do artwork or write in between.

    Awesome post! Hope you’re having a great day!

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you found this post useful. Take care.

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  13. Ahtees says:

    I love taking power naps, they truly help 😊

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    1. Garima says:

      They do :). They rejuvenate your mind and soul.

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  14. Good post. One thing I always found difficult is taking a power nap. I usually sleep much longer when I think of taking a power nap. What can I do about it?

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    1. Garima says:

      Try to put an alarm before taking a nap. That would make the naps more effective. Longer naps maybe due to the fact that your body is tired. See if you can build up stamina with diet and exercise. Hope this helps. Take care.

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  15. Diana W. says:

    Sleep, enough sleep is SO VERY Important! More so then most of us know. I was sleep deprived because of a job I had, for several years. With my schedule, I had no time to power nap and it was difficult to get to bed at an early time. That added to the sleep deprivation.

    I started researching SLEEP. Found out how it was affecting my health and what it could do long term. One fact I discovered is how lack of sleep is a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia.

    Once I learned that I started tapering off the job that was causing me ill-health. Today, proud to say I no longer have that job & work a schedule that is built for me!

    Good article & excellent topic!

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you got aware of sleep and it’s benefits this early Diana. Sleep indeed is a vital part of resting the body. Take Care.

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  16. Very interesting your article. I suffer from insomnia from a very young age and they don’t find a way to make me sleep a lot, I would very much like to take a nap, it would be very comforting for me. Greetings.🌹

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    1. Garima says:

      You are most welcome. But needless to say you have to find a way to cure your insomnia. Try meditation and yoga is possible. Hope it helps. Take Care.

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      1. Garima says:

        Most welcome. God bless.

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  17. Anand Bose says:

    Very interesting and informative. I am a chronic insomniac and I take medicines to alleviate it Anand Bose from Kerala

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    1. Garima says:

      Try meditation Sir. Should help.

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      1. Anand Bose says:

        Yes I will Thanks Garima

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  18. This is a topic that is near to my heart… Cheers! Exactly where are your contact details though?

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