Originally Posted by toasterwater
I find it interesting that so many of you seem to be advocates of the 20 minute nap thing. I have always heard that because you dont reach your REM sleep until after (what like 90 minutes?) it is almost pointless to take a short nap. However, after hearing all of you promoting it, i will have to try it... i will have to use extreme caution though, because i can be a very, VERY deep sleeper, and in my field of work, that can equal disaster. Ill just have to try it with really loud alarms.
I don't believe that REM until 90 minutes stuff. I know they taught that in my psychology class too but I have slept for 15 minutes and DID have dreams which don't those only happen after you reach REM??
I think if you are tired then you probably aren't getting enough at night. Just my opinion though. I agree try to take a shorter nap I have heard that no more than 20 minutes for naps or you will feel worse than before.
Editing to add that I feel sleep is a waste of time too.
I used to thrive off only 7 hours but now even 8 doesn't seem to be enough. Of course I haven't had even 7 on consistant basis lately. And sometimes what seems the most waste is that I take up to 3 hours sometimes to fall asleep(no lie) and it drives me nuts the things I could get done in that time if I'm not sleeping anyway.