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Take a Nap! Change Your Life.

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Imagine a product that increases alertness, boosts creativity, reduces stress, improves perception, stamina, motor skills, and accuracy, enhances your sex life, helps you make better decisions, keeps you looking younger, aids in weight loss, reduces the risk of heart attack, elevates your mood, and strengthens memory. Now imagine that this product is nontoxic, has no dange ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published December 30th 2006 by Workman Publishing Company (first published November 16th 2006)
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May Ling
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sleep-dream
Summary: Great book. One of the easiest I have reviewed as relates to sleep. It gets to the point and is not too academic. It offers very specific advice on what to do if you feel like you are sleep deprived and are considering naps. I intend on recommending it and going forth and napping.

6% in - "Learning after a nap is equal to learning after a full night of sleep! Test scores of non-nappers deteriorate across the day!

Pg. 11 - The National Sleep Foundation suggests that 50mm Americans suffer f
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book about naps and why you should take them. Naps don't work for me because I tend to oversleep and wake up groggy and nauseous. That however doesn't take away from the science behind napping, and why it's a brilliant strategy for some. The author of this book, Sara Mednick, is a sleep researcher who promotes her research into napping with customary American confidence and enthusiasm. I, on the other hand, am a curmudgeonly researcher who thinks there ought to be a little discussion t ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Don't let the silly promises on the cover fool you--this is a down-to-earth and very useful guide to the benefits of napping and how to make them work for you. Mednick discusses the research on the considerable benefits of napping, details the best times to take naps depending on what kind of boost you need, provides information on the ideal length of naps, and explodes various myths surrounding nap (e.g., taking a nap won't ruin your sleep at night assuming that you nap early enough in the day) ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Take a nap. That is basically it.

I found the author incredibly sexist, boring and annoying.

Take a nap at some point most days. Ideally between 1-3pm for up to 90 minutes but it can be as short as 15 minutes and practically any time of day except for 3 hours before your main sleep time.

None of the links in the book continue to work properly and her main website is full of spam posts.

I've just saved you hours of reading the same thing over and over with a load of fluff in-between.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education-growth
I read this book on Kindle at night and it never failed to make my eyelids droop—not because it was boring but because it was about sleep. I do believe in napping and have been known to employ a nap to assist me off and on for many years. Now that I’ve retired, I’m finally coming to a point where I don’t feel guilty for an afternoon power nap. If I’d read this earlier I might never have felt that guilt. Need reasons to nap? Positive outcomes of napping? Scientific research to convince you to nap ...more
Laura Tenfingers
Interesting information about the sleep cycle and all of the health benefits of napping. Unfortunately it was poorly written. There were major info dumps and later we were expected to have retained every detail in order to follow future discussions. Pretty short and worth it anyway.
Courtney Stoker
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: type-nonfiction
I would give this book a much higher rating, but it doesn't have ANY references. Pretty sure if I'm trying to convince my boss to institute a napping policy (something the book encourages you to do), I'm going to need more than just this book as a citation. They're going to want to see I've done my research, which I will have to start from scratch, since this book doesn't even have a references page or anything. I wasn't expecting a full Works Cited; this isn't an academic text. But SOME guidanc ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
So here's my unanswered question: If it takes me 30 minutes to fall asleep for a scheduled 45-minute nap, does that count as a 15-minute nap or a 45-minute nap, and do I end up getting less-than-ideal sleep cycles in my nap?

This book was interesting, encouraging, and easy to read ... a bit too easy, with a big font that came across as more "friendly" than "serious" and a feeling of oversimplification at times. But I did learn that my tendency to oversleep leads to my zombielike post-nap "sleep i
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some parts were repetitious and useless ( pages of descriptions of masks, earplugs, and gadgets, ending in an admonishment not to spend too much before trying cheaper versions, for example). Skimmable, though, and gave me a good understanding of sleep debt and inertia and how to use timing to make sure naps are useful and don’t leave you groggy.
 ☔️ Stormy Day Reader
The book started out interesting and contained a lot of good information but unfortunately I was under the impression it would have more info about polyphasic sleep than a single chapter. I ended up skimming near the end of the book because I truly have no interest in the sleep cycles of different age stages and work-related nap bonuses.
Marco Villar
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great explanation about the benefits of napping, you’ll learn it’s the key to improve your performance, mental clarity and much more.
Madison MacGregor
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it in one sleepless night!
Phil Lawroski
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Written & Effective

The book provides an intuitive understanding of napping supported by research. It gives you the specifics for a custom designed nap.
Sergei Moska
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I've read this book, and it did not survive a recent move from San Diego to Los Angeles. Chad asked me to comment on it, so here I go. Everything that follows is me working from memory, so I apologize if I accidentally mischaracterize the book.

Like Chad, I had high hopes for this book. Napping, and sleep in general, is one of those weird topics that people don't write about much, at least not in a convincing way. I forgot how the book was recommended to me, but I Googled
Ana Mark
Best book on sleep I've read so far. Pass on Arianna Huffington and read this one. All we need is naps ;) Not so long forgotten key to better life.
John Yafi
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good book, about sensitive topic. It is the reason for successful life. You have to have good sleep and naps!!
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have a bad history of napping. I've actually been afraid to nap for MANY years due to an awful sleep inertia experience I had. But then earlier this summer, I had an accidental nap and felt amazingly renewed and refreshed afterwards. I'm usual fatigued, every day. So this was a wonderful feeling. Which led me to purchasing this book. I enjoyed reading it and find the topic quite interesting. The author's style is clear and friendly. Good, easy read, especially for us tired folks.

But so far in
Dana Veron
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dana by: Fabrice
Shelves: non-fiction
My husband heard about this book on NPR. As I fell I'm perpetually tired, and often need a nap, he thought it might be a helpful read. I really enjoyed the description of what happens in each stage of sleep, and how you can use this knowledge to capitalize on creating an "ideal nap" for your needs. I tried a couple different naps, and they seem to work quite well. I've not yet taken the time to do the suggested two-week documentation of my sleep needs to really design the best nap for me. I'll u ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011, sleep
If you're into napping, you should read this book. If you're not into napping, you should read this book.

Sara Mednick, a leading researcher in the study of sleep--and napping in particular--lays out her findings on the benefits of napping in this simple, succinct, and useful book. She covers the various stages of sleep and their benefits, as well as strategies about what time of day to nap and for how long, depending on the kinds of benefits you're looking for. Strategic naps can be used to boos
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
It is mildly amusing to see the author try to reach the general readership through fun facts, trivia and humour which is sometimes formulaic. But the subject itself is very interesting and the author did her PhD in that topic, which gives her some credibility. On an after thought, it might be the journalist co-author whom to blame for the trying to please the masses way of writing. But on the whole, this book is a nice introduction to day time napping habit and my actually convince you to become ...more
Kevin Hart
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening and entertaining

This is a concise and fun read about a very interesting and important topic. The reader will learn much about what happens while they are asleep, as well as how to personalize their nap. If that last part sounds strange it won't after reading this delightfully informative book. It's filled with anecdotes and facts about famous nappers, as well as charts and graphs to help illustrate what happens during each sleep cycle. If you are not already educated on the phenomen
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
It's difficult to judge the book at this point. I will combine what little I've gotten from my doctor about how to help improve my quality of sleep with what I've learned from this book in following weeks and see if incorporating a regular nap schedule into my life improves things for me. Perhaps at that time I can provide a better review, and I may decide it deserves a better rating then. For now, though, my gut reaction is that it warrants three stars out of five, with a feeling that I've been ...more
Anton Petrov
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book that really made me get rid of coffee and start sleeping more. If you have a very busy schedule (like mine - working, living alone and being a student), napping is a life saver! It really makes you more productive, more energetic and more happy after all!

Probably the information about how much a nap takes shouldn't be so scattered across the whole book, but more clear and concise. Nevertheless it's a great book for understanding your sleep cycle and the importance of good sleep, be it du
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was part of a huge sleep study in college and perhaps because of that, have always tried to keep up with sleep research. [Insert joke about dozing off while reading sleep studies here.:] Apparently, there has been a huge leap in scientists' understanding of sleep since about 2000, and this author uses the new ideas to finetune recommendations about why, when and how much to nap. She also attempts to combat anti-nap American culture. Lots of luck.
Max Micheelsen
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Good one on napping, and which wanders it can do for you.

- To nap is always a good idea
- And it will not mess with your nocturnal sleep
- Napping earlier in the day, will increase REM sleep, and thereby your creativity.
- Napping later in the afternoon, provides greater amount of slow wave sleep which is restorative, and will help you if you feel sleepy
-You want a cold body temperatur at night, to optimize for sleep - but a warmer temperatur for you midday nap
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting so far. Scientific research on napping. Have run out of my ebook loan. On p36. Will have to re request when library reopens. I don't know now in August if I will. I have a new, researched book to read on the topic, specifically looking at women.

Have decided not to finish this book, having gotten the gist of the message, jbut recommend it for people who may not be familiar with the science that supports napping as a health strategy.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book basically tells you the following:
-Why sleep is necessary
-What sleep deprivation can do
-The advantages of napping
-How to make napping work for you

All of this is explained with a good balance between theory and how to actually make it work. Excellent book; everyone should read it!
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I learned that our bodies are desinged to nap! And I learned how to use naps at different time to increase creativity or memory or alterness depending on where I am in my circadian rhythm. More employers need to read this and provide safe and clean nap areas for break times.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lifestyle
The book was good to read. It is very clear, enthusiastic, persuasive and it works. Now I happily nap during the day, and I have more focused, more productive time with my work.. and also feel better.
Walt DeGrange
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Convinced me to start taking naps! If you are not getting 8 hours of sleep a night then naps will really help. Especially if you take them before departing work in the afternoon. I am much more alert on the drive home and in a better mood when I arrive home.
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