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, written by Jeremy. Read the commentary.

Men’s Journal is no steadfast literary friend but I am fascinated by napping, so here’s their article.

It’s almost worth a wheelbarrow, no?  Heck yeah, toss’er in.

A good nap is:

– Had in the morning or just after lunch
– Taken sans caffee/sugar and avec calcium/protein
– Enjoyed in quiet dark places (just like mushrooms)
– And less than 20 minutes long.

Categories of Naps:

THE NANO-NAP: 20 seconds – may be beneficial but certainly looks silly if taken at inopportune moments.
THE MICRO-NAP: two to five minutes – good for batting off drowsiness
THE MINI-NAP: five to 20 minutes – increases alertness, stamina, motor learning, and motor performance.
THE ORIGINAL POWER NAP: 20 minutes – includes the above and, in addition, improves muscle memory and clears the brain of useless built-up information, and improves long-term memory
THE LAZY MAN’S NAP: 50 to 90 minutes – good for improving perceptual processing and great for repairing bones and muscles (sheesh! what’s going on at work?)


I believe edison had an intimate relationship with serial napping.

I think the constant napping kept his subconscious closer to the surface.