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The Truth About the 15-Minute “Cat Nap”

You know the feeling. It’s the middle of the day — you’re hitting that 3 p.m. wall and all you want to do is lay down for a nap. Sometimes, all you need is just a few minutes, and other times, you feel like you could sleep for several hours. But if you’re pressed for time and just need some shut-eye, 15 minutes may be all you have to catch some Zzzz’s.

But, have you ever wondered how a 15-minute nap will affect you? Will you wake up feeling refreshed or even groggier than before? The Mattress Firm team took a look at the truth about the 15-minute cat nap, and what we found may surprise you.

15 Minutes is (Almost Always) All You Need

Based on NASA research, a nap should last between only 10 to 26 minutes. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep. In some cases, the longer you sleep (especially if it’s for several hours), the more tired you will feel when you wake up.

Naps Can Have Psychological Benefits

Research shows that a nap can be a nice getaway for your mind and body, and allow you some peace from the craziness of your surroundings. The right nap will give you the rest and relaxation you deserve, resulting in lower stress and improved memory, and could even give you the boost you need to take on the rest of your busy day.

A Quick Power Nap Can Give You a Better Boost than Coffee

Sometimes coffee can act as a Band-Aid when you’re feeling especially tired. However, experts say that caffeine can actually decrease memory performance, because the more wired you feel, the more likely you are to make mistakes. When you’re feeling sleepy, try laying down for a quick nap instead of reaching for another cup. You’ll be glad you did.

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If you’re feeling particularly tired, try incorporating a quick nap into your day. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel — and how rested you’ll be — in just 15 minutes.

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2 thoughts on “The Truth About the 15-Minute “Cat Nap”

  1. I have recently found that after sleeping on an I comfort basic model that cost me 1,000 or so, that I need help finding a mattress . I was hurt working for a company in 07 , I am now handicapped 100%. My entire spine , ribs and chest were screwed up. I live with pain day and night, since 07 I have been through 1 decent air bed like for camping , I bought the top of the line twin memory foam bed, lady Americana, the best one mathison brothers furniture had at the time , it was almost 900 dollars, it was after tax. A Sally hybrid bed, and a basic I comfort gel memory foam bed. Now I am sleeping on a high end air bed, and that’s what I get the best sleep on. As stupid as that sounds . Normally cause of the pain, I get between 10mins to maybe almost 4 hrs every 24-36 hrs. I look and feel older than I should and can’t work anymore. What feels best is a extra firm bed with just a little cushion. The gel memory foam was nice at 1st but it didnt last , I’ve needed a new one since about 2 yrs ago and I bout it 5 yrs ago. The gel top layer came unglued . I glued it back 3 times and I kept it turned or rotated , but the problem is with all of them I have to sit on them and sleep on them. The Sealy hybrid bed came unsown, and it became worn out and developed a hole.after about 6 months. It’s supposed to be a 20 yr warranty mattress, but lasted 11months cause I had to force it. Long story short this air bed I’m on which is top of the line arrived, is the best thing I’ve slept on , but has no cushion so, I get pain in pressure points cause of no memory foam. Do u guys have any suggestions for me about a real bed that I can sit on during the day and sleep on at night . This air bed I can air up as tight as I want to sit on , then at bed time I deflate it some to make it softer. I had thought I might have the same results out of a sleep number , but I only get disability and that’s not very much money. Any advice would be of help, thanks for your time and help.

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