You Probably Didn’t Know This About Nap Time

A 30-minute kip works for pilots and footballers, and it’ll do wonders for you, too, says sleep guru Nick Littlehales. Nick Littlehales is a sleep coach to the stars. He trains elite athletes, like soccer heavyweight Cristiano Ronaldo, how to maximize their sleep.
The perfect time to catch a few winks, according to Littlehales, is between 1-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., and a 30-minute sleep is the most practical. He suggests finding a quiet corner, a sofa or even a park bench during that ideal window of the day and to just “let go.”

Once you’ve woken up, Littlehales advises to take a moment to take in your surroundings and to hydrate.

A 2008 study done at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany has shown that even very short naps can enhance memory. A 1995 NASA study concluded that a 26 minute nap improves pilot performance for long-haul flights.

Toronto sleep expert Dr. Adam Moscovitch, medical director of the Sleep & Fatigue Institute, also shared his thoughts on naps with CTV News.

“The study done on pilots on transatlantic flights showed that roughly half an hour made a huge difference as far as performance and safety and also productivity,” Moscovitch said. “The trick is the nap has to be long enough so it has refreshing quality. If it’s too long you wake up with a sense of hangover, which we call inertia, and it takes a long time to recover from it.”

According to Moscovitch, if you want to get a perfect little nap in during your workday, drink a cup of coffee before you rest your head. Your nap should be over by the time the caffeine starts to take effect and wake you up.

Here is a little something to enlighten you if you believe what’s in a nap-


Littlehales’ has written a book based on his theory that as a society we’ve moved away from the one big sleep at night to a more “polyphasic” way of resting. And it is set to be released on October 27 2016. Read before you doze off!

Author: Madhu Jha


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