It’s National Public Sleeping Day. Are you one of those people that can sleep anywhere? My husband is. He can sleep on a plane, in the car, in someone’s living room when we are visiting (and he shouldn’t be) or even when we have a house full of people. He can carry on a conversation with me when I return from my night-time bathroom visit and go right back to sleep. Not me. I lay there trying to clear my mind again. I wish I were more like him. His family tells me being able to sleep anywhere is a family trait.
The calendar explains there are different types of naps. The Power Nap is approximately 10 to 20 minutes long and can give a boost of energy to get us through the rest of the day. It also doesn’t leave us drowsy like some longer naps might and will also allow us to fall asleep at a decent time at night.
The Hangover is about 30 minutes long, 10 too many, leaving us loopy and wanting just to stay asleep. We will snap out of it and feel much like we had a Power Nap, but it may take a bit of effort before we feel those benefits.
The Brainiac lasts about 60 minutes and includes the deepest sleep. While we may feel a little grogginess upon waking, much like the Hangover, our ability to recall facts, names and faces, will be improved. This type of nap may be the best nap after a round of studying or before a big test.
The California King lasts about 90 minutes and is typically a full cycle of sleep. It will also include REM or a dream stage. This nap avoids the hangover like the power nap does and improves creative thinking and motor memory, but night time sleep may become elusive.
The point of National Public Sleeping Day is to give a person permission to nap in public. More power to you if you can. Enjoy it.