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“Limitless” Benefits of the Power Nap

recharj September 29, 2014 5 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]T[/su_dropcap]he movie Limitless features a struggling young author, Eddie, who finds instant wealth and success by stumbling upon a drug that exponentially enhances his cognitive abilities. The drug (NZT) is not a publicly available narcotic and supply is low; those that have it, fight to keep it and those that don’t, compete to find it . NZT works to vastly improve memory, heighten alertness, as well as boost creativity and learning. If only there was a quick, safe and effective way to gain the incredible effects of a drug like this.

Sure, prescription drugs are currently available; many that work to close off distraction and narrow focus, rather than opening up and clearing the mind. Self-medication can also be perpetual, addictive and produce negative side effects. Is there another way to get true mental gains without the risks and side effects?

[su_quote style=”default” cite=”” url=”” class=””]NASA published a study on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by +34% and alertness +100%.[/su_quote]

Our previous post, “Top 10 Benefits of the Power Nap”, mentions the following positive impacts similar to those experienced with NZT:

1. Power Napping Heightens Alertness
As a general rule of thumb, naps heighten alertness in the period directly following the nap and extend alertness several hours later in the day. Studies have shown that a nap of 60 minutes heightens alertness for up to 10 hours. According to the National Sleep Foundation, NASA published a study on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by +34% and alertness +100%. This does not mean that a 40-60 minute nap is required to gain the benefits; in fact, shorter naps are typically better. A twenty minute investment in a power nap pays multiple dividends in the bank of productivity and alertness.

2. Power Napping Improves Memory
There have been numerous scholarly articles confirming the causal relationship between the power nap and memory processing. Similar to nighttime sleep, the power nap allows our brain to organize and consolidate memory for better performance upon awakening. A Harvard study suggests that napping can improve memory by reactivating and reorganizing recently learned material. Volunteers were asked to initially navigate through a complex maze, then split into two groups: nappers and non-nappers. When volunteers were challenged with the maze on the second attempt, the group of nappers were able to perform better.

3. Power Napping Spurs Creativity and Learning
Studies at UC Berkeley have shown that a power nap can actually make you smarter. As hours of the day march on, our minds become more and more fatigued. Long active days and sleepless nights take a considerable and calculable toll on our brain. In fact, students and professionals burning the midnight oil decrease their ability to cram new facts by nearly 40 percent and lead to forgetfulness, due to sleep deprivation, a burnout of the brain. But, interject a short afternoon nap in your day, and studies find a dramatic increase and restoration of brain power.

[paragraph]We all look for that magic pill to wake us when we’re tired, improve our intelligence or boost performance at a given critical moment. The magic can be found in a simple 20 – 40 minute nap. Napping is always cheap, natural, and works for everyone. Try it and comment below on how you feel!

But wait! Now that you’ve been empowered with the knowledge of what to do and why to do it, there are two question naturally that follow:

1. When is the best time to nap? This question will be answered as part of a follow-up post in our blog, so stay tuned!

2. Where is the best place to nap? There’s not always a bed or couch around when it’s the ideal time to nap. Some choose to head to the car, while others find any spot they can to hide away (ie. restroom, hotel lobby). But now, napnook provides the space and amenities for the perfect nap.

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There are 5 comments on this post

  1. Anonymous

    car naps are the best, but I could get on board with having a pillow. Especially if it increases productivity.

  2. Anonymous

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  3. Anonymous

    I plan to find somewhere to take a nap later this afternoon and report how I feel, #skeptical.

    1. Anonymous

      I actually felt really good after a quick nap, considering I’m not much of a napper (and I didn’t even need another afternoon coffee). I will have to try again to see if I keep getting results.

      1. Anonymous

        Same here man, I was skeptical too but I tried it for about 20 minutes, felt so rejuvenated!


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