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    I'm all for this - especially TODAY! LOL

    Health Experts: Adults Should Practice Nap Time
    Experts: Customized Naps Can Help Almost Anyone

    POSTED: 3:19 pm EST February 12, 2007
    UPDATED: 5:28 pm EST February 12, 2007

    WASHINGTON -- Health experts said there is growing evidence that catching some shut-eye in the middle of the day is good for the mind and body.

    Experts said that between the Internet, e-mail, cell phones, Blackberries and other electronic devices, people live in a 24-7 world, often sacrificing sleep.

    Video: Skip Starbucks For A Nap
    Slideshow: Nap-Taking Celebrities

    In response, researchers have begun focusing on an old concept: the nap.

    "I found that naps were helping people as much as a full night of sleep on these cognitive tests I was giving them," said sleep researcher Sara Mednick.

    Mednick, who's written a new book called "Take A Nap: Change Your Life" said she believes a lot of people could benefit from a regular nap.

    But the concept is often not an easy sell.

    "When I take naps it ruins my sleep at night, so I don't take naps during the day," said one person.

    However, Mednick, a Harvard-trained researcher, said she has focused her career on figuring out exactly how and when to nap to get the maximum benefit.

    "You can actually decide on what time of day you want to nap, by what kind of thing you want to get out of your nap," she said.

    Mednick said there are several stages to sleep and recommends customizing a napping plan. For example, she said, those who need an energy boost should try a 20-minute power nap.

    "You can take that at any time during the day, because stage two doesn't really change, it's kind of a constant throughout the day," Mednick said.

    The researcher also made a suggestion for those wanting to be more creative.

    "That would be a more REM rich nap, so that would be earlier in the morning," Mednick said.

    Mednick said naps can also help anyone wanting to improve memory.

    "That would probably be more in the afternoon because you need more slow wave sleep."

    Mednick said the ideal nap should last about 90 minutes because it contains all the stages of sleep but a nap as short as five minutes can be beneficial.

    She also said that people should not nap within three hours of bedtime because that can ruin a night of sleep.

    "There are always times in a day when we can find little breaks, and it doesn't have to be for that long," she said.

    Debra Dillon is a consultant who advocates afternoon naps.

    "For me, I get re-energized and can plow through the rest of the day with a clear head," Dillon said.

    That's something Mednick said she believes a lot of people could discover.

    "The truth is, you'll work better, you'll be more productive and you'll get more done and you'll feel better," she said.

    Mednick said that since there are several stages to sleep, one can use them to dictate the best time for napping. For instance, those who wake up in the middle of slow-wave sleep will probably feel groggy, she said. A shorter or longer nap can prevent that.

    Mednick also said that for those who contend that they cannot find time to nap should consider that it takes about the same amount of time to power nap as it does to go and get a cup of coffee.

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    YES! We would probably have more productivity as a result
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    " I'm all for this - especially TODAY! LOL"


    27, you just want official permission for all those naps you already take all day long.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tanker5117 View Post
    " I'm all for this - especially TODAY! LOL"


    27, you just want official permission for all those naps you already take all day long.


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    I would be all for a mid day nap. Right after lunch.

    Last time I tried that, though, my boss didn't believe me when I cited it as a "research project"
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    CHALK ANOTHER ONE "UP"

    Student Group Starts Nap Club. University Students Start Club For Nappers

    POSTED: 5:43 pm EST February 20, 2007
    UPDATED: 6:20 pm EST February 20, 2007

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Nap time at school isn't just for kindergarteners.

    Michael Duttlinger and Joe Spencer have organized a nap club at Indiana University South Bend. The club provides a quiet, darkened room and air mattresses for members to catch a few "Z's."

    But the students have to bring their own pillows and blankets.

    Spencer, a 22-year-old philosophy senior, said being able to nap keeps him from nodding off in class. He tells the South Bend Tribune the midday snooze gives him a second wind. The nap club organizers predict demand will spike around midterms and finals.

    Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.


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    Who needs permission from the boss?In the Navy,we all took nooners and when I got out into the scary real world of the river towing industry if I wasn't being directly supervised would nod off whenever I could.Usually,I'd do it right on the lazy bench in the wheelhouse which just irked the Captain no end because he had to "drive"the boat.

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    If I recall right we use to have nap time in Kindergarten but then we all grew up and life became the hectic mess that it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    Who needs permission from the boss?In the Navy,we all took nooners and when I got out into the scary real world of the river towing industry if I wasn't being directly supervised would nod off whenever I could.Usually,I'd do it right on the lazy bench in the wheelhouse which just irked the Captain no end because he had to "drive"the boat.
    HAHAHAHAAA I miss my nooners too! Actually they would normally start with Afternoon Watchmen at 1115 and carry on till 1300.
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    Nap? What's that? We're usually too busy for that. We are allowed to lay down whenever we want as long as reports, cleaning, station duties and all that crap is done.
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    I nap all the time at work. I finally started wearing a helmet because after a while, your head hurts from banging it on the computer screens when you keep noddin off!
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