Snoozology: The Beginner’s Guide to Napping


What ever happened to the lost art of napping? Last week (14th March) was National Napping Day, so we’re celebrating the humble nap on the Christy blog today. Some cultures build their day around strategically timed naps, known as a siesta in Spain and a riposo in Italy. If we’ve achieved everything on the to-do list, the weather is keeping us inside or if we’ve just had a disturbed night’s sleep, there’s nothing better than a lovely afternoon nap.

The power nap is a great option if you’re out on the town for the evening or need to recharge between events. It is defined as a “short sleep which terminates before the occurrence of deep sleep, intended to quickly revitalize the subject.”

The power nap has been a topic much debated in the Christy offices, as we’re quite divided as to how well they work. We’ve accumulated our tips into this concise four-step guide:

  1. Drink a cup of coffee (This stage is optional, though studies have indicated that a cup of coffee before a nap heightens the impact of caffeine).
  2. Set your alarm for 20 – 30 minutes time.
  3. Get comfortable and sleep.
  4. Wake and go on with the day with renewed energy and vigour.

Facts about naps

  • The term ‘power nap’ was coined by James Maas, a social psychologist at Cornell University and author of Power Sleep.
  • Failing to achieve a full sleep cycle results in sleep inertia, where the subject wakes up feeling groggy and not well rested.
  • In Serbia and Slovenia, there is an unspoken rule whereby people don’t call each other from the hours of 2pm – 5pm because it is assumed that the household is resting.
  • Spain held a National Siesta Championship in 2010 with a top prize of €1000, to promote the art of napping.

So what do you think? Is the power nap your new secret weapon or are you in need of more convincing? Let us know your experience of the power nap on Twitter or Facebook.


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