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Take a Nap! Change Your Life. Paperback – November 16, 2006
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~ Sara Mednick, Ph.D. from Take a Nap! Change Your Life.
I’ve fallen in love with it over the last several years and now I have scientific proof on how awesome it is!
Naps are incredible.
And, thanks to Sara Mednick and her colleagues, we now know that naps are not only enjoyable but they’re scientifically proven to boost our performance and increase our overall health and happiness.
In her great book, Take a Nap! Change Your Life., Sara provides a super fun, quick-reading exploration on the whys and hows of napping. I loved it and I think you will, too.
Let’s have some fun checking out some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Napping - It’s written in our DNA.
2. Fatigue - The quiet little demon.
3. Warning: Losing Sleep - Is hazardous to your health.
4. 20 Good Reasons to Nap - Let’s count ‘em!
5. Napping + Nighttime Sleep - They go together well.
So, here’s to living with more health, happiness, meaning and mojo as we get our naps on!
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If you buy the Kindle edition, you won't get a map wheel. I wasn't expecting to get an actual wheel, but I was expecting a picture. There is a link to a site, www.takeanap.info. Don't use that one; the site seems to have been abandoned with lots of dead links and extraneous ads. If you go to Dr. Mednick's site, www.saramednick.com, you'll find the wheel without the mess. I have the impression from information on her site that the Kindle edition may be missing other useful illustrations. I love my Kindle, but for this book you're probably better off with print.
The writing was a bit of a bother sometimes. Lots of campy comments and superlatives that were easy to skip thru but definitely not necessary. I think the book could have been shorter and more impactful without the case studies, the section on extreme sleeping (pretty irresponsible to even discuss this fringe stuff), and cheerleading sections about how to talk your boss into allowing naps. "Workers of the world, nap!"
Memorable points - that timing and duration of your nap affects what type of sleep waves you experience, and hence what kind of benefits you obtain from the nap. Some naps emphasize REM sleep and enhance creativity, while others enhance slow wave deep sleep, clearing the mind and promoting full restoration.
Like other books written by medical or health professionals or researchers, getting the message of their life's work across in a simple, inspiring, and practical manner could have been better. I'd pin most of this on the co-writer rather than the doctor really. Being that there are not many books on napping out there to compare to, it still might be worth reading to gather the occasional interesting insight and simply to get motivated.
The high point was the promo message on amazon.com, which was incredibly well written: "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..."
teens sleep 10-12 hours.
adults sleep 8 hours,
and senior citizens sleep between 3-5 hours a day?
There's a reason why some people look younger than others,
it's because they get better quality sleep,
and napping is the best way to make up for lost sleep.
This book is awesome that literally every time I picked it up,
all's I had to do was read a few pages and I was out,
I'd sleep for about an hour then I'd be ready to take on the world.
Yeah, it's that good.