What is the perfect amount of sleep nap time for adults is an often asked question for college students, athletes and overworked adults who are looking their 2nd wind of energy.
Sometimes a small nap can be all you need….
We all love to nap. We feel that we don’t get enough sleep and we end falling asleep (or want to) in the middle of the day. For those who do nap, the question is how long should one sleep for? There is a notable difference between 15 minutes to 30 minutes to 60 minutes. The important part about waking up as fresh as possible is time.
For 10 to 20 minutes, a nap will help boost alertness and energy to get a refresher moving forward. Naps in that length keeps the body in the lightest stage of non-REM sleep. However, if the nap goes to 30 minutes, the body will be in the middle of REM sleep, and, if woken up, the result is grogginess.
Past 30 minutes and up to one hour, the body will be in deeper stages of REM and grogginess will still be there, facial recognition is clear. If not 30 minutes or less, sleep at 90 minutes, which is easiest time in REM to wake up. Sleeping this long also shows memory and creativity being boosted.
Naps are highly recommended for our body, but it is about how long we nap. A 10-to-20 minute nap is called a “power nap.” A 90-minute nap is a full cycle of sleep and helps the most. It is also important in terms of when to nap, so as not doing it after 4 P.M. as it can affect the REM cycle when it is time for bed. Naps are perfect and we want to do it every day; we just need to know when and how long to do it for.