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Characteristics of Power Napping: – Power nap is a short slumber of 20 minutes or less. – Coined by James Maas. – Optimal post-nap performance […]

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Characteristics of Power Napping:
– Power nap is a short slumber of 20 minutes or less.
– Coined by James Maas.
– Optimal post-nap performance requires a Stage 2 nap within 18-25 minutes.
– Power naps are short compared to regular sleep.

Research on Power Napping:
– Power naps restore alertness, performance, and learning ability.
– Naps reverse hormonal impact of poor sleep.
– Power nappers have lower mortality due to heart disease.
– Different nap durations have varied effects on alertness and performance.
– Naps are beneficial for cognitive processes and memory tasks.

Stimulant Nap and Tech-Aided Naps:
– Coffee nap involves drinking coffee before a 15-minute nap.
– Stimulant nap is a brief sleep period after consuming caffeine.
– Nap rooms may include sleeping pods, cots, and white noise machines.
– Companies offer nap rooms for employees.
– Nap rooms are set up in various locations like libraries and gyms.

Benefits and Workplace Advantages of Power Napping:
– Improves alertness and performance.
– Enhances mood and creativity.
– Boosts memory and learning.
– Reduces stress and anxiety.
– Increases productivity and efficiency.
– Napping rooms boost productivity.
– Naps encourage sleeping on the job.
– Strategic naps in operational settings improve alertness.
– Napping can combat driver sleepiness.
– Napping may reduce workplace accidents.

Risks and Considerations of Power Napping:
– Longer and frequent daytime naps linked to higher Alzheimer’s risk.
– Some evidence suggests links between naps and cardiovascular disease.
– The impact of napping on long-term health outcomes requires more investigation.
– Long naps may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
– Daytime napping linked to all-cause mortality.
– Be aware of the pros and cons of napping.
– Avoid caffeine before napping for restful sleep.
– Napping combined with caffeine can be effective for alertness.

Power nap (Wikipedia)

A power nap or cat nap is a short sleep that terminates before deep sleep (slow-wave sleep; SWS). A power nap is intended to quickly revitalize the sleeper.

A woman having a nap in a napping pod, in the café Nappuccino in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)

Cornell University social psychologist James Maas coined the term. A power nap combined with consuming caffeine is called a stimulant nap, coffee nap, caffeine nap, or nappuccino.

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