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January 13th, 2000

Ryan Explains How To Nap

In college I mastered the nap. I’d come back to my dorm room between classes and have two minutes to swap books and get to the next class and I’d spend 30-45 seconds of those two minutes asleep on my bed.

At one point, I had a list on my door of the different levels of napping, with time ranging from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. Though I don’t remember the exact details, I will attempt to recount the categories for you here.

  • Nano-nap: 30 seconds-2 minutes
  • Micro-nap: 2-5 minutes
  • Mini-nap: 5-10 minutes
  • Macro-nap: 10-15 minutes
  • Power nap: 15-20 minutes
  • Full Night’s Sleep: Over 20 minutes
Mastery of these nap-styles, especially during the college years, will keep you alert and ready for even the most boring class. -ram

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Bailey
DATE: Thursday May 17, 2001 -- 12:17:34PM

FROM: Manyanya Phiri
DATE: Wednesday November 14, 2001 -- 1:57:50PM
What!? I am going to try it! It sure sounds like a good idea, although the challenges still remain: how does one lullaby oneself into that nap; also how would you know a micro or a full night's nap would do the trick for any one occassion? (I happen to be a guy who is forever addicted to collecting the little pieces of knowledge that make us better-performing and happier human beings: visit for more).

DATE: Friday July 18, 2003 -- 4:53:06 am
As this world becomes increasingly boring esp with seminars etc Ive found your micronap to be useful tool..I think im slowly progressing to the macro..and learning to do it with my eyes wide open so that I can get all the sleep I need when I need it

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday July 18, 2003 -- 8:12:29 am
Sleeping with eyes open is something that I kind of want to master.

It's the little things.

DATE: Friday July 18, 2003 -- 8:52:25 am
I've managed to master sleeping with my eyes open for a full 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday.
Work! Don't ya just love it?

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 18, 2003 -- 9:36:28 am
I thought I was the master of the open-eye nap in college, until I got near graduation. In one of my last lectures, I fell asleep with my eyes open....for 3 hours. Problem was: It was a two hour lecture. Nothing in this world is scarier than waking up in an empty and dark lecture hall. Nothing.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:06:12 pm

FROM: Lauren =]
DATE: Sunday October 30, 2005 -- 1:50:09 pm
very interesting... =]

FROM: Lauren =]
DATE: Sunday October 30, 2005 -- 1:50:09 pm
very interesting... =]

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