Friday, February 26, 2010

Sleepy Time!

The paper I'm doing starts to look decent by now (not that it's any guarantee for it being accepted of course), but I'm not going to have much time for blogging or anything until it's submitted. However, I saw an interesting, short article on midday naps in the Economist, and thought I'd point it out.


The article reports on some resent experimental research that shows that napping improves memory performance; about 1-1.5 hours is optimal. I really don't have too much time to comment on it, to say nothing of going through the original paper, but I didn't want to ignore it altogether. After all, sleep is something dear to all of us, and something that's been on my mind quite a bit lately (in the "Oh, for a few more hours of sleep" sense).

Sleepy Bike

When you think about it, not having a siesta is pretty weird. Most cultures have condoned, or even encouraged, a longish break around midday. Our own bodies seem to have a pretty strong opinion on the matter too; I know I can't get a single thing done during the hour right after lunch. I usually sit half-asleep staring blankly at my work, or I spend the time with something that doesn't require much actual thinking - browsing the web, writing the blog, that sort of thing. But as this research points out, it's probably better to stop fighting it, lean back and take a real, refreshing nap instead.

Resting on a bench


Miguel said...

Hey, I come from the country that invented the siesta (I mean the word, napping is everywhere)!. And when I travel to Sweden and have to endure the predictable joke -I work for a Swedish company-, I always sigh, because I would love so much to be able to enjoy half an hour of rest after lunch...

In fact, at least for me, 30 minutes is the optimum duration, pity that I can afford it only on weekeds. If I sleep for an hour, then I need a long time to come back to my senses, and I get too irritable. Probably this is different for everyone.

As always, great photos -especially the subway one. I love the perspective and all that stainless steel!

Janne Morén said...

Miguel, I know a few of my Swedish friends actually do take a nap after lunch, hunched up over their desks - and at least in one case, sometimes curled up under it. After all, you have an hour for lunch and how you spend it is up to you. If you want to take a quick shut-eye I doubt anybody would mind.

I agree about the time too; about 20 minutes is perfect for me while an hour is too long.

Sune / Jonson PL said...

Brilliant shots, particularly the second one.
I'm from Denmark, but do sure enjoy a nap at midday, when possible