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How long is a nap?

Post by Little Jimmy » Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:03 pm

How long is a typical nap? Is there some kind of cut off point?

I think a nap should go no more than three hours. When you get up to the 4-5 hour mark that's no longer a nap, that's bed, you went to fucking bed.

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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by El Canuck » Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:01 pm

I always heard 20 minutes to an hour to be the low to high end of the average nap. 3 hours is entering into REM sleep and is more than just a nap by that point.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by LondonChick62 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:38 pm

Mine are usually anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by Greg_McNeish » Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:38 am

I consider 90 minutes to be the upper limit of napping. Once you've crossed that threshold, the stages of sleep start getting deeper, which actually leaves you LESS rested if you interrupt them. This is in keeping with what Nucks said about REM sleep, but the damage is done long before you actually make it there.

For maximum benefit, if you're laying down for more than 90 minutes, then stay down for a full 4 1/2 hours. Anywhere between that is working against you.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by stigsyv1 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:01 pm

I used to survive on 20 min power naps when I was at university
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by Greg_McNeish » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:20 pm

Napping is for fuckin' winners.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by TheLyontamer » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:27 pm

Whenever I lie down to sleep, I always find my mind becomes more active and I start mulling over lots of things in my head. As a consequence, it usually takes me an hour or more to actually fall asleep. The only brief sleeps I've ever had have been times when I've drifted off accidentally due to being utterly exhausted, which doesn't happen often. Napping just isn't something that I can feasibly do. I love sleeping, though, and am jealous of people who are able to lay down at will and doze for an hour or so.

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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by Little Jimmy » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:35 pm

Cool story, bro.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by El Canuck » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:36 pm

TheLyontamer wrote:and am jealous of people who are able to lay down at will and doze for an hour or so.
Me too, me too.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by Greg_McNeish » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:28 pm

I've long been the same way, taking forever to fall asleep. I recommend white noise, as it has a naturally calming effect on the mind. Makes it much easier for the internal monologue to turn off.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by Little Jimmy » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:32 pm

The only thing that ever keeps me awake is a raging boner.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by El Canuck » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:36 pm

Greg_McNeish wrote:I've long been the same way, taking forever to fall asleep. I recommend white noise, as it has a naturally calming effect on the mind. Makes it much easier for the internal monologue to turn off.
Does tinnitus count as white noise? I would say no, as I require a TV to drown that out to fall asleep as it is.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by Greg_McNeish » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:41 pm

That would be a no. White noise is low frequency. A fan blowing, or an engine idling, or the rain falling. Personally, I use a 12-hour Youtube video of the Enterprise D engine.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by El Canuck » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:48 pm

My tinnitus keeps me awake without background noise. If I don't have TV, I require music on my iPhone, or I lie awake staring at the ceiling while my ears ring endlessly and a thousand thoughts and one run through my head.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by Greg_McNeish » Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:18 pm

Right, which is what I'm advocating. I'm just saying that white noise is low-frequency, which your tinnitus I presume is not.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by El Canuck » Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:01 am

It most certainly is not.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by stigsyv1 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:37 am

I hate when you are falling asleep on sofa then go to bed and can't sleep
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by isrs4life » Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:59 pm

Mornings before 11am and usually after supper till 7pm.
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by eobversion1 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:49 pm

20 mins usually, hour long ones are dangerous territory, makes you cranky as fuck
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Re: How long is a nap?

Post by stigsyv1 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:03 am

Have you ever dozed of on a bus and woke up suddenly thinking where the fuck am I.
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