With finals week, right around the corner many students will be getting less and less sleep in order to study. President elect Donald Trump claims he only gets 4 hours a sleep a night. If this is actually true how is he able to be productive throughout the whole day. I have heard different thoughts about the idea length of a nap in order to maximize time. I wanted to research what the ideal length for a power nap is. My hypothesis is that a power nap should be about 20-30 minutes.
There are 4 stages of sleep Each sleep is deeper and deeper with less brain activity. Power naps keep you in the lightest stage of the 4; by doing this it keeps you from falling into a deep sleep. When you fall into a deeper sleep and don’t go through the whole sleep cycle it can causes that you to feel more tired when you wake up . This usually occurs in naps that last around one hour long. Most of the time sleeping an hour long can do more harm than good because you can actually wake up more tired.
There is one story that says Steve Fossett only slept for 60 minutes over a 67 hour flight. During this time Forssett broke the record for longest flight around the world. He slept in twice each time only 30 minutes long. Forssett said after the naps he woke up energized and focused. This case is just an anecdote of one person’s experience. The national sleep foundation also recommended to nap around 20-30 minutes for the best effect; however, I could not find many traditional studies about this. I found a lot of conflicting information that said a 45-60 minute nap can improve your memory. As Andrew said in class one day the science behind sleeping and why we sleep in very confusing and not that well understood. I believe this could be a reason for why I kept finding conflicting information. From what I found there was not enough evidence to accept or reject the hypothesis.