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Old 05-15-2019, 03:35 PM   #41
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You guys are doing it wrong. Try this:

1. Get sleepy
2. Take caffeine pill(s)
3. Take nap
4. Wake up refreshed twenty to thirty minutes later.

Seriously, I find that I'm much more refreshed after one of these power naps.

You are a madman lol. What kind of caffeine pills? In grad school we all used to take Midol believe it or not, because it was full of caffeine.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:57 PM   #42
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But I'm going to get some 100 mg and some 200 mg pills with just caffeine. An 8 oz cup of Starbucks has 160 mg.

My system:

6 am: 4 oz coffee
9 am: 100 mg caffeine in pill
1:30 pm: 100 mg caffeine in pill
1:31 pm: Nap

It has made me more productive in terms of writing, and I avoid that draggy feeling after waking up from a nap.

The brilliance of the coffee nap is that sleep naturally clears Adenosine from your brain!

From the moment you drink your coffee to the moment you metabolize it is about 20 minutes of pure opportunity to not only rest, but to open up those Adenosine receptors to the caffeine you just imbibed.[2]

It’s like rolling out a welcome mat just for your coffee. What could be better?
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:53 AM   #43
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I currently have these:



But I'm going to get some 100 mg and some 200 mg pills with just caffeine. An 8 oz cup of Starbucks has 160 mg.

My system:

6 am: 4 oz coffee
9 am: 100 mg caffeine in pill
1:30 pm: 100 mg caffeine in pill
1:31 pm: Nap

It has made me more productive in terms of writing, and I avoid that draggy feeling after waking up from a nap.

The brilliance of the coffee nap is that sleep naturally clears Adenosine from your brain!

From the moment you drink your coffee to the moment you metabolize it is about 20 minutes of pure opportunity to not only rest, but to open up those Adenosine receptors to the caffeine you just imbibed.[2]

It’s like rolling out a welcome mat just for your coffee. What could be better?

This is genius. Recalling my neuroscience coursework it makes sense and is spot on.
Now I’m going to have to try this...
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There’s a long advocated plan that says to drink a cup of coffee and then settle in for a nap, as the caffeine will kick in to prevent the nap running too long and messing up your nighttime sleep pattern. Usually at about 15-20 minutes.

And don’t get a Fitbit if you have terrible sleep. I have used one for a couple of years and it is disheartening to know I average 5 hours a night of restful sleep.

I nap several times a week out of desperation, just trying to wring out a bit more rest.

Also have resorted to sleeping on the couch in my office at lunchtime sometimes when work is slow—no alarm needed, as the phone ringing (or more embarrassingly, the UPS man) wakes me up!
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:26 AM   #45
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Put me in with the serial nappers! I play nap roulette most days. Lately it's been closer to 2 hour naps, but I'm also on medications that make me drowsy. The extra sleep is appreciated.
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I enjoy my naps also. But never set an alarm. Alarms aren't conducive to successful retirement.
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For those that don't want too much caffeine, my technique involved tea. No need to make it too strong, but if you drink enough and because it's a diuretic, you'd get another wake up signal
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Frequent napper checking in. I snooze for an hour after work. Alarm, definately! Prevents "napcidents" (sleeping too long).
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It's one of my secret luxuries, taking a short nap a few times a week. I wonder if others do this as well, and most important, do you set an alarm, naturally wake after a short time, or play the dreaded "nap roulette" where you take a nap with the possibility of waking in 20 min or 3 hours?
Definitely nap roulette!

But I use an alarm for overnight sleep.
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A full sleep cycle is said to be 90 minutes so you might want to shoot for naps of that duration to avoid an interrupted sleep cycle.
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But I use an alarm for overnight sleep.
You mean you wake up in the morning to an alarm clock? Oh, the horror!
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You mean you wake up in the morning to an alarm clock? Oh, the horror!
I do too! Oh, the horror!

But my alarm clock just plays gentle, nature sounds so it isn't too jarring. If I didn't set an alarm, I would be on a 25-26 hour day, awakening an hour or two later each day and then consequently going to bed an hour or two later that night. That just doesn't synch with the rest of the world.
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I rarely nap, but when I do it's for 1-2 hours... and I'm not sure if my alarm clock even works anymore
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As I approach my 65th birthday, I am taking more naps. Usually after golf and lunch. Sometimes only 15 minutes, other days as long as an hour. Never set an alarm as I'm on no schedule.
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Often it seems that I don't sleep. That is, I close my eyes to nap, but after what seems like a few minutes of dreamy thought, I give up.

Yesterday, I lay back and listened to this short story:



I didn't think I'd slept, but realized the story had stopped, and I'd missed most of the second half.

Conclusion: I did sleep.
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It's one of my secret luxuries, taking a short nap a few times a week. I wonder if others do this as well
After having contracted chronic Lyme several years ago and just about the time of my ER...I can't manage most days without a nap. Typically, it's just about 30-60 min but depends on how little sleep the previous night holds.

Melatonin does sweet nothing and CBD helps a tad. Still looking for for that sleep nirvana.
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I have avoided naps in the past because they keep me up at night, but I heard somewhere recently that, as you age, that doesn't happen so much, so I'm giving them a try. I can't quite tell whether they're helping or hurting yet. My sleep schedule is kind of all over the place lately (it was that way before the naps).
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Love the naps!

Once or twice a week, usually set a 20-30 minute alarm to avoid sleep issues later that night.
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I love sleep and am a natural 9-10 hour sleeper. Retirement has been great for finding my natural sleep rhythm. If I fall asleep (after reading) relatively early, around 10 pm, 7-8 am is a natural time for me to wake up.

If I get the full amount of sleep above, I don't need naps unless I've completely exhausted myself in exercise/errands or if I'm getting sick (rare).

But when I do go down it is nap roulette all the way... and it's usually going to be at least a 2 hr show. Definitely groggy after. Doesn't usually mess up my night sleep, since I only do it when my body needs to catch up.

Funny that this thread came up, since over the last 2 months I've been setting an alarm for morning yoga and it must be messing up my sleep allocation. I've been power-napping much more often these days!
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