Sleeping Mantra for clearing JEE Mains
Short sleep or power naps have been seen as a method of rebooting your brain and now it is being considered so much like an art that study of sleep has become a science. Considering the recent research done on the sleep and enhancing the brain power, Wall Street Journal has offered tips and recommendations, to plan your naps and the duration of naps.
According to numerous sleep experts, about 10 to 20 minutes of deep sleep gives you the best results, but it varies from individual to individual. While other duration’s might be useful to others, but experts are of the opinion that 20 minutes of sleep is enough to get back to work with renewed strength.
10-20 minutes of sleep: This is perfect to enhance energy and alertness and is related to better sleep. This stage is considered as non-rapid eye movement sleep, which makes it easier to work after you get up.
30 minutes of sleep: Some studies have proven that 30 minutes of sleep leads to sleep inertia, wherein the groggy feeling which can last for about half-an-hour after you get up. Most of the time, the benefits are clear after some time.
1 hour of sleep: If you are looking to enhance long-term memory, 60 minutes of sleep can help you remember names, faces and facts. It is the deepest sleep stage but you might feel groggy on waking up for sometime.
90 minutes of sleep: This is long sleep period and includes deep and light stages including the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and dreaming stage. It leads to better procedural and emotional memory while enhancing creativity. There is no sleep inertia as it is a fulfilling sleep.
According to Dr. Mednick, cognitive memory processing is enhanced by 60 minutes of good sleep while for better procedural memory it is best to sleep for at least 90 minutes at a stretch. Another interesting fact that came up during the sleep research program was to sit slightly in an upright position when you take a short nap as it does not let you have deep sleep and makes you more alert when you wake up. If you start dreaming when you take a short nap, it is a sure-shot sign of sleep deprivation.
Thus, students looking to enhance brain power need to understand the value of power naps and avoid studying when they are tired as it does not let you focus. It is better to take a short 15 minutes to an hour of sleep to wake up more refreshed with better brain power for higher memory and cognitive learning.