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Take a Nap! Change Your Life : the Scientific Plan (06 Edition)

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Imagine a product that increases alertness, boosts creativity, reduces stress, improves perception, stamina, motor skills, and accuracy, enhances your sex life, helps you make better decisions, keeps you looking younger, aids in weight loss, reduces the risk of heart attack, elevates your mood, and strengthens memory. Now imagine that this product is nontoxic, has no dangerous side effects, and, best of all, is absolutely free.

This miracle drug is, in fact, nothing more than the nap: the right nap at the right time. The work of Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D., a researcher at the Salk Institute and the leading authority on the study of the nap, Take a Nap! Change Your Life. is the scientifically-based breakthrough program that shows how we can fight the fatigue epidemic—which afflicts an estimated 50 million Americans—through a custom-designed nap. Take a Nap! Change Your Life. explains the five stages of the sleep cycle, particularly Stage Two, Slow Wave Sleep, and REM, and the benefits each one provides; how to assess your tiredness and set up a personal sleep profile; and how to neutralize the voice in your head that tells you napping is a sign of laziness. (Not that anyone would have called JFK, Churchill, Einstein, or Napoleon a slug-a-bed.) Using the unique Nap Wheel on the cover and interior graphs and charts, it shows us exactly when our optimum napping time is, and exactly how long we should try to sleep—even how its possible to design a nap to inspire creativity one day, and the next day design one to help us with our memory. There are tips on how to create the right nap environment, a 16-step technique for falling asleep, a six-week napping workbook, and more.

Synopsis:

A scientifically based breakthrough program, TAKE A NAP! CHANGE YOUR LIFE teaches you how to plan the optimum nap: when to take it, how long to sleep, how not to wake up groggy— and how to neutralize the voice in your head that tells you napping is a sign of laziness. Its not. Napping is a sign of taking control of your life. It increases alertness • Boosts creativity • Reduces stress • Enhances libido • Aids in weight loss • Keeps you looking younger • Reduces the risk of heart attack • Elevates mood • Strengthens memory • Clarifies decision-making • Improves productivity. And feels great.

Synopsis:

The work of Dr. Mednick, a researcher at the Salk Institute and the leading authority on the study of the nap, this book presents a scientifically-based breakthrough program that shows how to fight the fatigue epidemic--which afflicts an estimated 50 million Americans--through a custom-designed nap.

About the Author

Mark Ehrman is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in The Los Angeles Times, Playboy, InStyle, and many other newspapers and magazines.
Sara Mednick, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. She is a consultant for the military and private business, and her napping research has been covered by CNN, Reuters, NPR, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Mens Journal. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard and lives in San Diego.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: The Couch at Harvard xi

Part One: The Basics

Chapter 1. The new nap: not your grandfather's siesta 3

It is written . . . in our DNA 4

The siesta is dead. Long live the nap! 7

Chapter 2. Fatigue: a hidden epidemic 10

The walking tired 11

Asleep on the job: a threat to safety 12

Warning: Losing sleep is hazardous to your health 16

Chapter 3. The nap manifesto: what napping can do for you 23

Part Two: The Principles

Chapter 4. The stages of sleep: building blocks of the nap 31

Waves and scans: the sleeping brain revealed 32

The sleep cycle 33

To be continued . . . 44

Chapter 5. Dissecting sleep: making a nap work for you 45

The shadow cycles 46

Stage 2: the constant companion 50

Napping vs. nighttime sleep 51

Chapter 6. Optimized Napping: the secret formula 55

The lark and the owl 56

A nap to call your own 59

How to use the Nap Wheel 61

Part Three: The Program

Chapter 7. Your sleep profile: getting to know yourself 65

How tired are you? 66

Checking your calendar 67

Different naps for different folks 75

Chapter 8. Nap time: it's easier than you think 85

It's about time 86

Clearing the way 86

Free your mind and your nap will follow 95

Okay, you're cleared to nap! 97

Stay motivated! 102

Chapter 9. Extreme napping: exploring the outer limits 103

Ü berman to the rescue? 104

Napping for "normal" emergencies 109

Napping across time zones 113

Chapter 10. A nap-positive society 117

Workers of the world, nap! 119

Power points of workplace napping 122

Appendix

Glossary 127

The scientific formula for creating the precise nap to suit your needs 139

Product Details

ISBN:
9780761142904
Author:
Mednick, Sara
Publisher:
Workman Publishing
With:
Ehrman, Mark
Author:
Mednick, Sara
Author:
Ehrman, Mark
Subject:
General
Subject:
Exercise
Subject:
Naps (Sleep)
Subject:
Sleep & Sleep Disorders
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
141
Dimensions:
9 x 6.08 x 0.5 in 0.69 lb

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A scientifically based breakthrough program, TAKE A NAP! CHANGE YOUR LIFE teaches you how to plan the optimum nap: when to take it, how long to sleep, how not to wake up groggy— and how to neutralize the voice in your head that tells you napping is a sign of laziness. Its not. Napping is a sign of taking control of your life. It increases alertness • Boosts creativity • Reduces stress • Enhances libido • Aids in weight loss • Keeps you looking younger • Reduces the risk of heart attack • Elevates mood • Strengthens memory • Clarifies decision-making • Improves productivity. And feels great.
"Synopsis" by , The work of Dr. Mednick, a researcher at the Salk Institute and the leading authority on the study of the nap, this book presents a scientifically-based breakthrough program that shows how to fight the fatigue epidemic--which afflicts an estimated 50 million Americans--through a custom-designed nap.
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