Health Watch

By Antonio Masone
April 22, 2004

KRT Campus

Taking a short “power” nap during the day can increase productivity and improve the quality of nighttime slumber. Studies done by Harvard University show that a short nap after lunch may be a more effective source of revival than the traditional post-lunch coffee break.

Aside from mid-day revival, “power naps” have also been proven to enhance information processing and learning. Alan Hobson, M.D., Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., along with their Harvard colleagues explain that a mid-day snooze can actually reverse information overload. Cabrini junior human resources major, Brian Felice said, “Napping helps me relieve stress. After a brief nap I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the remainder of my day.”

Anton Anderson, founder of powernapkit.com, explains that sleep deprivation among young adults is serious problem in America. Stress caused by school work, athletics, and peers can be easily reduced by using the “Power Nap Kit.” The kit includes two compact discs, both offering different napping techniques. According to Anderson, “power napping” is a proven technique that has been used by astronauts, the military, and others to improve focus, productivity and alertness.

Posted to the web by Mark Garlit

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