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February 22, 2021

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Power Naps

If you have ever been in college, chances are you have pulled an "all-nighter" at some point in your academic career, but you may not know that cramming all night reduces your ability to retain information by up to 40 percent. Enter the power of the nap.

A power nap is magical. It's the most effective way to wake up and refresh your mind when you're feeling tired and sluggish.

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Today's Random Fact:

Studies have found napping raises your stamina 11 percent, increases ability to stay asleep all night by 12 percent, and lowers the time required to fall asleep by 14 percent.

Sleep experts have found that daytime naps can improve many things: increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, stamina, motor skills and accuracy, enhance your sex life, aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attack, brighten your mood and boost memory.

Bonus Fact:

One of the keys to power napping is to keep them short. Many experts say 20 minutes is the ideal duration to bolster energy and heighten alertness. Too long a nap can risk grogginess.

A little group called NASA discovered that just a 26-minute nap increases performance by 34 percent and alertness by 54 percent. Pilots take advantage of NASA naps while planes are on autopilot.