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Take a Nap! Change Your Life.: The Scientific Plan to Make You Smarter, Healthier, More Productive Paperback – Dec 30 2006

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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (Dec 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761142908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761142904
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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A wake-up call! Dr. Sara Mednicks groundbreaking research provides compelling evidence that a midday snooze provides incredible physiological, psychological and cognitive benefits, and is the basis for her easy-to-follow program. If you want to be fully alert, energetic and in a good mood all day long, youll need to Take a Nap.Dr. James B. Maas, Cornell University; author, New York Times bestseller Power Sleep

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A scientifically based breakthrough program, TAKE A NAP! CHANGE YOUR LIFE teaches you how to plan the optimum nap: when to take it, how long to sleep, how not to wake up groggy— and how to neutralize the voice in your head that tells you napping is a sign of laziness. It’s not. Napping is a sign of taking control of your life. It increases alertness • Boosts creativity • Reduces stress • Enhances libido • Aids in weight loss • Keeps you looking younger • Reduces the risk of heart attack • Elevates mood • Strengthens memory • Clarifies decision-making • Improves productivity. And feels great.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very helpful Aug. 7 2016
By Socheat Heng - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love this book so much. It did change my life a lot. I recommend u guys to read this book, and u will know how amazing it is.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars April 17 2015
By the_real_bill_75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great read
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly worth reading, but a little scattered Sept. 7 2010
By Brad Kearns - Published on Amazon.com
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I appreciate the devoted work of Dr. Mednick on napping and believe it is a very important healthy lifestyle practice. There are some excellent practical tips offered in the book that have great practical application.

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..."
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medical Students: Improve Your Tests Scores by Napping! May 17 2007
By J. Sequoia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback

This book has made a big impact on how I view my study time. Medical school is difficult and exhausting. If I attend all my lectures, eat three meals day, maintain good hygiene, commute to/from the university and get 7 hours of sleep, I only have 3 hours on the weekdays to study. I used to hardly be able to keep my eyes open during that study time and I couldn't remember anything I studied.

After reading Take a Nap! Change your life, I have the skills to use napping as part of my study routine. I used to feel guilty when I napped because I thought I was wasting valuable study time. I was just too tired to study. Now I plan naps into my study schedule and it is amazing how much better I recall everything. My test scores in Pathology have improved an average of 8 points since I started napping and my scores keep improving despite no other changes to my study routine. If you subtract out my naps, I'm actually studying less but getting better grades! As I prepare for my USMLE Step 1 Board Exam, consolidating memories and enhancing recall is especially important. I now consider napping a study skill and regular naps are part of my board prep study schedule. Naps have truly changed my life.


I recommend this book to all students, but especially medical students. A career in medicine means long hours and years of sleep deprivation. This book will help you understand why naps are essential for peak performance on tests and review highlights of sleep research. You will learn what stages of sleep are most important for recalling massive amounts of detail and how to maximize those stages of sleep in your naps. You will learn the essential skills of napping for maximum memory and how to create a personalized nap for your individual needs.

Most importantly, the knowledge you gain from this book will also improve your ability to provide quality patient care. The vignettes emphasize how naps can improve all aspects of life. I can already see how naps would be a beneficial part of a therapeutic plan for patients with anxiety, obesity, depression, sexual dysfunction, headaches, sleeping disorders, diabetes, substance dependence, or heart disease.


I know that it is hard to find time for recreational reading in medical school. Fortunately, your time investment will be well rewarded by way naps will change your life. The book is written in succinct short chapters so you don't even have to use a bookmark. You'll be amazed how easy this book is to read. It is especially refreshing after studying dense med school textbooks such as Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, Seventh Edition.

Take a Nap! Change your life has very reader friendly lay-out. It is printed in good sized font with attention to white space. Figures are clear and simple to understand. Important concepts are bolded. It is easy to navigate for specific information as well.

I highly recommend this book. I hope that you will start napping and benefit from this book as much as I have.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 15 2014
By The Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought this would have tips on how to deal with a sleep schedule that is regularly not "normal" due to life, job, etc., but it doesn't mention anything about that. The authors talk primarily about the best times to nap if you are a nocturnal sleeper, and gives no tips about how to make adjustments for schedules that do not follow our "normal" circadian rhythms. The clock is a great gimmick if you are a not a night owl, but only shows how much good sleep you're unable to get otherwise.