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2013-10-01 08:28:03 AM
My work day starts and ends pretty early. If I want to be up later for something on a weeknight, I'll go home and grab a late afternoon nap. If I don't set an alarm, I'll almost always take between 70 and 90 minutes.
 
2013-10-01 09:37:02 AM
If I'm out for more than 15 minutes, leave me alone for at least two hours.
 
2013-10-01 10:40:19 AM
A good 15-30 min is good for me especially on weekends.
 
2013-10-01 10:41:28 AM
Only slightly related, but for the past few years I have absolutely needed between 11 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep to not drag ass the next day. It should come as no surprise that I spend most of my life dragging ass.

I need a hard reset button for my brain. I am pretty sure I managed to get a trojan horse up there.
 
2013-10-01 11:05:51 AM
At work, a 15-20 min nap usually helps.  Depending on how I feel, I down a small cup of coffee before the nap.

/only gets 5-6 hours of sleep a night
//wakes up at 4:30
 
2013-10-01 11:10:32 AM
Afternoon nap sleeping in sunny warm spot on bed.......... 45 minutes.
Sunday Recovery Nap..............45 - 90 minutes
Not feeling well nap................2+ hours

Work nap.......... 8am till 4:30pm
 
2013-10-01 11:18:47 AM
I either go for the 15 minute nap or the hour nap. Anything in between is awkward for waking up and anything longer i end up sleeping for 2+ hours
 
2013-10-01 11:28:41 AM
I haven't been able to take naps since I was a toddler. My brain doesn't turn off very easily.
 
2013-10-01 11:32:40 AM
4-6 hours isn't a nap, its a good nights rest... A nap cannot be more than 2 hours long, so sayeth me.
 
2013-10-01 11:34:59 AM

cgraves67: I haven't been able to take naps since I was a toddler. My brain doesn't turn off very easily.


Pretty much this... I have learned to avoid naps like the plague because the opposite happens to me.  My brain turns off and I will spend the next 2 hours throwing chemicals into my body in an attempt to wake up and stop the never ending stream of yawns that are emanating from my half awake brain...
 
2013-10-01 11:44:46 AM
Sign me up for the "I couldn't take a nap if my life depended on it"-camp. Either I'm asleep or I'm awake, none of this "just 30 minutes" crap. I need that much time (and more) to go to sleep during the day.

/At night I can hit the pillow and be gone instantly
 
2013-10-01 11:48:29 AM

BetterMetalSnake: Only slightly related, but for the past few years I have absolutely needed between 11 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep to not drag ass the next day. It should come as no surprise that I spend most of my life dragging ass.

I need a hard reset button for my brain. I am pretty sure I managed to get a trojan horse up there.


Might want to check with a doctor and have a sleep study done.  Could be sleep apnea...
 
2013-10-01 11:49:44 AM
I am most definitely a 20 minute or a  hour+ napper.  If I wake up anytime around 30 minutes I am a royal pain the in the ass for the next 30-60 minutes.
 
2013-10-01 11:50:46 AM

cgraves67: I haven't been able to take naps since I was a toddler. My brain doesn't turn off very easily.


Yes this. I remember crying myself to sleep when I was a little kid because my younger brother was the kind of the person who could sleep before the lights turned off and I was jealous, while sleep never came easy to me. And the problem is I am in fact very tired, just not sleepy.
 
2013-10-01 12:13:32 PM
Why does the link go to lifehacker instead of to the original WSJ article? Are we getting a kickback from lifehacker for linking to them?  Lifehacker got the story from nextdraft (which is another news aggregator) and nextdraft got it from the Wall Street Journal.
 
2013-10-01 12:28:40 PM
Do naps include a REM cycle?
 
2013-10-01 12:33:54 PM

red5ish: Why does the link go to lifehacker instead of to the original WSJ article? Are we getting a kickback from lifehacker for linking to them?  Lifehacker got the story from nextdraft (which is another news aggregator) and nextdraft got it from the Wall Street Journal.


1) You realize most of the links here are _user_ submitted right?  The user probably read the Lifehacker article and submitted it.

2) Who cares?  Do you work for WSJ or something?

3) Is it possible you're cranky and need a nap?
 
2013-10-01 01:21:36 PM

Telos: BetterMetalSnake: Only slightly related, but for the past few years I have absolutely needed between 11 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep to not drag ass the next day. It should come as no surprise that I spend most of my life dragging ass.

I need a hard reset button for my brain. I am pretty sure I managed to get a trojan horse up there.

Might want to check with a doctor and have a sleep study done.  Could be sleep apnea...


Yeah, that's what I am afraid of. Pretty much why I avoid digging into it. Its not rational I know, but its one less indicator about the extent of my fattitude.

/yes it's a word.
// today only
 
2013-10-01 01:24:14 PM
On Sat. morning I cycle in a fast pack ride that does a race pace 45 mile loop. In the afternoon I crawl back in to bed for a 2-4 hour "nap." Does not interfere with my sleep that night.

Sunday's I do a mellower coffee ride, still go back to bed in the afternoon.
 
2013-10-01 03:26:10 PM

BetterMetalSnake: Telos: BetterMetalSnake: Only slightly related, but for the past few years I have absolutely needed between 11 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep to not drag ass the next day. It should come as no surprise that I spend most of my life dragging ass.

I need a hard reset button for my brain. I am pretty sure I managed to get a trojan horse up there.

Might want to check with a doctor and have a sleep study done.  Could be sleep apnea...

Yeah, that's what I am afraid of. Pretty much why I avoid digging into it. Its not rational I know, but its one less indicator about the extent of my fattitude.

/yes it's a word.
// today only


Yeah... but if you think about it another way if you sleep better, you have more hours in a day and could use those hours to exercise and lose weight.

Also, sleep apnea can be pretty serious... as in you can go into cardiac arrest and shiat.  Basically you stop breathing a few times a night, it really puts a strain on your heart.

/fattitude is a perfectly cromulent word btw
 
2013-10-01 04:01:14 PM
Over the winter--sitting in my recliner in front of a roaring fire--well it's probably better described as a coma instead of a nap.
 
2013-10-01 04:21:24 PM
www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com

Any amount of time where you wake up at a peak. First peak occurs around 90 minutes in.
 
2013-10-01 07:46:24 PM
I published a CD to help people nap with Hypnosis.
www.TheHypnoticPowerNap.com


/Shameless Plug. Posting cuz it applies to the topic.
 
2013-10-01 08:20:03 PM

BetterMetalSnake: Telos: BetterMetalSnake: Only slightly related, but for the past few years I have absolutely needed between 11 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep to not drag ass the next day. It should come as no surprise that I spend most of my life dragging ass.

I need a hard reset button for my brain. I am pretty sure I managed to get a trojan horse up there.

Might want to check with a doctor and have a sleep study done.  Could be sleep apnea...

Yeah, that's what I am afraid of. Pretty much why I avoid digging into it. Its not rational I know, but its one less indicator about the extent of my fattitude.

/yes it's a word.
// today only


Sleep apnea is implicated as a possible cause for obesity. It could well be that if you get treatment for your sleep apnea you will not feel the urge to eat as much and lose weight.
 
2013-10-01 11:12:55 PM

Telos: BetterMetalSnake: Telos: BetterMetalSnake: Only slightly related, but for the past few years I have absolutely needed between 11 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep to not drag ass the next day. It should come as no surprise that I spend most of my life dragging ass.

I need a hard reset button for my brain. I am pretty sure I managed to get a trojan horse up there.

Might want to check with a doctor and have a sleep study done.  Could be sleep apnea...

Yeah, that's what I am afraid of. Pretty much why I avoid digging into it. Its not rational I know, but its one less indicator about the extent of my fattitude.

/yes it's a word.
// today only

Yeah... but if you think about it another way if you sleep better, you have more hours in a day and could use those hours to exercise and lose weight.

Also, sleep apnea can be pretty serious... as in you can go into cardiac arrest and shiat.  Basically you stop breathing a few times a night, it really puts a strain on your heart.

/fattitude is a perfectly cromulent word btw


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The problem is that the solution for every single case of sleep apnea is to put on a fraking vacuum cleaner on your face.  Thus, nobody wants to bother with the study if the solution is going to be something you're never going to do for the rest of your life.

It's probably worth at least checking possible causes of restlessness or fatigue like HBP or too much caffeine.
 
2013-10-02 01:15:20 AM
And how long should I fap to get the most benefit?
 
2013-10-02 01:32:51 AM

blue_2501: Telos: BetterMetalSnake: Telos: BetterMetalSnake: Only slightly related, but for the past few years I have absolutely needed between 11 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep to not drag ass the next day. It should come as no surprise that I spend most of my life dragging ass.

I need a hard reset button for my brain. I am pretty sure I managed to get a trojan horse up there.

Might want to check with a doctor and have a sleep study done.  Could be sleep apnea...

Yeah, that's what I am afraid of. Pretty much why I avoid digging into it. Its not rational I know, but its one less indicator about the extent of my fattitude.

/yes it's a word.
// today only

Yeah... but if you think about it another way if you sleep better, you have more hours in a day and could use those hours to exercise and lose weight.

Also, sleep apnea can be pretty serious... as in you can go into cardiac arrest and shiat.  Basically you stop breathing a few times a night, it really puts a strain on your heart.

/fattitude is a perfectly cromulent word btw

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The problem is that the solution for every single case of sleep apnea is to put on a fraking vacuum cleaner on your face.  Thus, nobody wants to bother with the study if the solution is going to be something you're never going to do for the rest of your life.

It's probably worth at least checking possible causes of restlessness or fatigue like HBP or too much caffeine.


True, although some people actually get used to the mask and see immediate improvement.

I never did, the mask actually made it harder for me to sleep... so now I'm trying "positional therapy."  This basically means I bought a funny shaped pillow that is supposed to keep me from rolling onto my back.  I've also had some improvement with just using breathe right strips and allergy pills.
 
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