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How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

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How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

Unread post by Naijanurse » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:05 pm

Taking a nap, we've seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain.

For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.

For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking.

Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.

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