Dr Oz: Napping 10-Minute Fix for Exhaustion
Dr Oz revealed a private confession on the show, saying that he loves to catch a good nap. He tries to get a few extra Zs a few times every week, and you may want to as well.
Sometimes your body wants a nap, and around the world, other countries offer siestas to their workers. Napping is not just for young people, and science continues to prove that even a 10-minute nap could stop exhaustion.
Dr Oz: Nap Sleep Cycle
Dr Oz shared some photos of people napping in odd places, such as store shelves, bike racks, and even a bar top. He met Amy, a bartender who sometimes does not get as much sleep as she needs.
According to Dr Oz, no one should feel guilty about taking a nap. It doesn’t even have to take a lot of time. Just 10 minutes could cure your Exhaustion, Dr Oz claimed. A good night’s sleep would include about four Sleep Cycles. The pattern goes like this:
- 10 Minutes: Light Sleep
- 30-60 Minutes: Deep Sleep
- 90 Minutes: Dream Sleep
Dr Oz: Best Nap Length
A Light Sleep of 10 to 20 minutes will help you awaken easily, feeling recharged and refreshed as you face the rest of your day. Dr Oz said you can do this almost anytime, anywhere. That’s what makes it such a great idea for people with busy schedules.
However, if you nap too long and come into a Deep Sleep, you will have trouble waking up without feeling groggy due to Sleep Inertia.
Boost your memory and performance and make it easy to wake up by scheduling your naps for either 10 or 90 minutes. A long Dream Sleep is just as easy to wake up from as a quick Catnap.
Dr Oz: When To Get a Nap
Dr Oz said that he knows people don’t have a lot of time. As a surgical resident, he sometimes had to stay up for days at a time, and he learned the importance of always taking at least a very short nap.
“We are not designed to go for a whole day without napping,” Dr Oz said. But American society has made it seem normal not to nap. He said that getting a quick recharge will help you accomplish more and do it better.
Dr Oz: Perfect Nap Pointers
Sarah, and actress who plays Sleeping Beauty, loves to get a good nap when she can. Her advice was to find a quiet place. Lean on a nice pillow in a comfortable chair and enjoy a 10-minute break.
Dr Oz suggested putting a pillow behind your back. You don’t have to lie flat to take a nap, he added. Try sleeping in an upright position. Sarah’s tip was to fall asleep with a pen or other small object in your hand.
At some time during your short nap, after about 10 minutes you will drop the object, which will gently wake you up. Sarah also recommended a Nappuccino. She drinks a cup of coffee right before the nap, so that she’s not groggy when she wakes up.
Dr Oz suggested that everyone find 10 minutes to try this at least once in the next few days to see how it works for you.