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Take a Nap! Change Your Life. Paperback – November 16, 2006
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This book has made a big impact on how I view my study time. Medical school is difficult and exhausting. If I attend all my lectures, eat three meals day, maintain good hygiene, commute to/from the university and get 7 hours of sleep, I only have 3 hours on the weekdays to study. I used to hardly be able to keep my eyes open during that study time and I couldn't remember anything I studied.
After reading Take a Nap! Change your life, I have the skills to use napping as part of my study routine. I used to feel guilty when I napped because I thought I was wasting valuable study time. I was just too tired to study. Now I plan naps into my study schedule and it is amazing how much better I recall everything. My test scores in Pathology have improved an average of 8 points since I started napping and my scores keep improving despite no other changes to my study routine. If you subtract out my naps, I'm actually studying less but getting better grades! As I prepare for my USMLE Step 1 Board Exam, consolidating memories and enhancing recall is especially important. I now consider napping a study skill and regular naps are part of my board prep study schedule. Naps have truly changed my life.
HOW THIS BOOK CAN HELP YOU:
I recommend this book to all students, but especially medical students. A career in medicine means long hours and years of sleep deprivation. This book will help you understand why naps are essential for peak performance on tests and review highlights of sleep research. You will learn what stages of sleep are most important for recalling massive amounts of detail and how to maximize those stages of sleep in your naps.Read more ›
I think that if I follow the steps outlined, I will continue to get better at napping and will make this a regular part of my day. The sleeping at work issue has not come up, and since it is part of my lunch break, I don't think I am going to run into problems. I think there is a net benefit as I am not dragging for an hour when I take a nap. I'm keeping the book at work just in case anyone asks. Dr. Mednick can defend me.
Overall I found this book very helpful as a guide to changing my attitude about napping. I now think of naps the same way I think about trying to eat right and work out. And I look forward to reducing my coffee intake--at least a little. This book explains that there is no sense in trying to power through your tiredness. Only by getting some sleep can you really restore yourself. I have studied some endocrine problems and the lack of sleep contributing to increases in stress hormones is something I had not thought about. I know that eating right and working out have helped my stress level, and the naps seem to be helping, too. I'll have to keep it up.
Plus the book has some fun facts and very accessible science. Maybe napping will join healthy snacks, daycare, and gyms at the workplace.
I have never been a napper, so I was a bit skeptical at first. I usually woke from naps feeling worse than when I sat down for them. Dr. Mednick explains this phenomenon and shows you exactly how to avoid it. I not sure I would have believed that it was possible to tailor a nap to avoid this grogginess, but a while back I took part in a napping study that proved it to me. In the experiment, I napped with electrodes on my head so that my brain waves could be observed while I slept. I was woken up about an hour later, during REM sleep. Unlike my previous experiences with naps, I woke feeling refreshed and alert. Dr. Mednick's book shows you how to optimize your naps to do exactly that (without the electrodes)...and make you a more rested, productive and healthy person.
Some other topics I found interesting:
- How the naps of "night-people" and "morning-people" differ.
- The stages of sleep--their properties and purposes.
- Myth of the "food-coma".
I highly recommend this book to anyone--nappers and non-nappers alike. The only fault I found was that the book was not nearly as sleep-inducing as a book on napping should be. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pedestrian and not worth it. Really a book for those who like games that appear to be helpful books.Published 2 months ago by carpenter
Many useful ideas. I wish I had read it many years before. Simple and easy to read. Gonna take a nap right now;)Published 10 months ago by Maxim Kovalev
A short book which still takes too long to get to the point. If you can stand it. Nothing better at this length, though.Published 10 months ago by bardo
My wife purchased this book and is finding it interesting and logical. The problem is being able to take a nap in today's workplace.Published 11 months ago by Willard M. Reed, Jr.
Check out this storyon naps... http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/health&id=9282447Published 12 months ago by Corey C.
Good book that explains important elements of the science behind sleep. Taking a nap of 20 or 30 minutes can make a marked difference, the problem is knowing what type of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard
The book gives a good overview of how we sleep and the importance of nocturnal sleep and napping. It then goes on to explain how readers can apply those principles in a variety of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Frances Stewart