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December 2nd, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Nap for Creativity

Here’s an article close to my heart: Naps Not Just for Kids: They Help Adults Get Creative, Boost Memory. Here’s some points from the article:

  • Interrupting sleep seriously disrupts memory-making.
  • Taking a nap may boost a sophisticated kind of memory that helps us see the big picture and get creative.
  • Particularly important is “slow-wave sleep,” a period of deep sleep that occurs before REM sleep, which can occur even in a power nap.
  • Even a 12-minute nap can boost some forms of memory.

Having worked from home the past three years, I’ll often take a power nap around 3 pm, which helps me finish the day stronger than if I didn’t. Sometimes I’ll fall into a deep sleep and maybe wake up a 1/2-hour or so later, but typically I’ll rest for only about 15-minutes, which works great for me. Working from offices before that, though, even ones with couches available, I can’t say I’d feel comfortable stretching out in front of everyone (no one else did).

On a more enlightened note, Google employees are encouraged to take naps. Check this out.

Winston Churchill was big on naps. He’d work late into the evening and needed afternoon naps to keep himself fresh and productive.

Thomas Edison was also famous for his naps. He was known to work and nap around the clock, even sleeping right on his workbench.

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