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Old 05-27-09, 02:08 PM   #1
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Naps

I get sleepy during the day from time time and have considered taking naps. The problem is that I either can't fall asleep or end up sleeping 4 or 5 hours. Anybody have success at catnapping?
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Old 05-27-09, 02:11 PM   #2
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Yes.

If you're not falling asleep, then you don't need one. If your problem is that you are sleeping too much, then don't get in such a comfortable position. Just put you head down on a table or desk without a pillow.
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If I am severely short on sleep I tend to take a forced cat nap at my desk while sitting up.
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Old 05-27-09, 02:56 PM   #5
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I nap every day...sometimes twice. No joke...but only long enough to gather strength, of course...
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Way back when I was entirely self-employed -- or severely under-employed -- I would routinely take a mid-day siesta. Naps rock! 20-40 minutes of shuteye post-lunch is a more powerful rejuvenator than any caffeine-laced cocktail known to man.

I would love to be able to take a nap daily. Damn responsibilities...
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Well, my schedule would allow it but I can't seem to make it happen. I've read several different articles that it's really good for you.
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1 can of coke
1 alarm set 20 minutes from start of nap

drink coke. nap.
caffeine will be kicked in when the alarm goes off. POWER NAP!!! FTW.

I don't drink much caffeine any more, and my internal nap timer only allows for about 30-minute naps anyway but that recipe worked well in college.
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Catnapping, very succesfull. it's all about the internal clock. I have a couch in my office at work and can be found there about 2-3 days a week after lunch for about 45-60 minutes. I eat and work at the same time. Some days there isn't time or I have appointments outside of the office with customers.

I find afternoon naps are great for rejuvenation, although it takes a minute or so to get back up to speed, but then I'm good to go for the rest of the day. BTW, my work days are a min of 9 -10 hours and then somedays I bring it home at night and weekends.
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I have a sleep disorder and don't typically spend more than 2 hours at a time alseep. I get 5 - 6 hours sleep per night, but it's usually in 3 segments broken up by about 15 or 20 minutes of being awake in between.
Does that count?
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I just woke up from a siesta. It was great.
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If I lay down during the day, I'm a goner. If I try to sleep normally, all bets are off.
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I am able to take a 30 minute nap and wake up as if I had a full night's sleep. I have a friend that doesn't understand how I do it... I think you either can or you can't.

I can also sleep sitting at my computer, or almost anywhere. Back when I worked on mainframe computers, I would occasionally wake up when my keyboard input field got filled up with whatever character I pressed in my sleep and the monitor started beeping at every key repeat...

In my teen years, while delivering the morning paper, I once fell asleep on my bike on a straight stretch of isolated road with a slight decline. I woke up when my tires hit the gravel shoulder, and just kept riding, and was alert for the rest of the route...
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Old 05-27-09, 04:38 PM   #14
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The only time and place I can sleep on the spot is early morning flights. I'm asleep when the door shuts and if the pilot is good I don't wake up until I hear people shuffling off the plane.
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I'm a napper. I usually find time to sleep in between classes/work. Short 10-15min naps works great for me. Refreshes me and wakes me up for my next class.

Also I'm one of those people that can sleep anywhere, anytime. Heck I fell asleep standing up on Black Friday when I went shopping.
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On days that I don't work, a 20-40 minute nap does me right
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The trick is to only sleep for a short time. If you sleep too long that will make you groggy and you may have a hard time going to sleep at night. I suggest sleeping somewhere other than your bed, the couch for example. Then set an alarm to wake you up after 15-30 mins. If you can't fall asleep, lie in your place of choice and relax. Do something like read a book, listen to relaxing music or even a relaxation CD that walks you through the relaxation process. Even if you can't sleep, you'll still feel some rejuvenation.

I love naps, I just wish I had more opportunities to take them!
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