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Take a Nap! Change Your Life. by [Ehrman, Mark, Mednick, Sara]
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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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Mark Ehrman is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in The Los Angeles Times, Playboy, InStyle, and many other newspapers and magazines.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (30 Dec. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8UDC1U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What happened to my previous review? I gave this book a five star rating some eight months ago. I did not use any offensive or derogatory words, yet it got removed. I had become a certified buyer before having written a review of this book. In fact, I bought two books of this title, and gave one to a medical practitioner to advise his patients.

The book is well written by an expert, and informative. It confirms what I discovered for myself, and tells me much more.

It also confirms what some other cultures have been practising for centuries (e.g. siesta)

The industrial revolution took it away from us, and the technological revolution hasn't given it back. "Captains of industry" want us to continue slaving without energy-renewing breaks, which is why there is still a taboo about taking energy naps. Napping is considered an old-folks pastime, partly because capitalism exploits youth for lower wages, thereby contributing to ageism.

There wouldn't be many references (referred to by another reviewer) because the author is one of a few experts in the field. She does mention having consulted other experts, such as those in neurology, etc.

If/when the concept and practice gets accepted in society, no doubt other authors will use her as a reference. I came across the title of this book while reading “The Practice of Practice” by an expert musician describing various methods of improving one’s music practising skills, including rest periods (which in turn includes napping) – so there’s already someone giving her credentials by referring to her text!
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I learnt a lot from this book about sleep patterns and their impact on health performance and psychological wellbeing. Sara however also presents latest scientific and medical research on the benefits of taking regular naps throughout the day. The best time to take your nap and the optimum length of time you take for your nap depends on your personal sleep pattern profile and on the benefits you want to achieve. You can nap for creativity, or to energise yourself, or just to increase alertness, and/or physical or mental performance. This book doesn't just give you information on napping. It also gives you the practical tools you need to use napping to help change your life.
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Very informative, zero references, would have been 4 otherwise
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great. 1 Dec. 2016
By Brian Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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“The ‘big picture’ message is that napping is a necessary and effective tool that can be used by anyone in pursuit of optimum health, happiness and productivity. I want to tell you why that is so, and how to make that knowledge work for you, your family, your company and your community. I want to make you a napper.”

~ Sara Mednick, Ph.D. from Take a Nap! Change Your Life.


I’ve fallen in love with it over the last several years and now I have scientific proof on how awesome it is!

YES!! :)


Naps are incredible.

And, thanks to Sara Mednick and her colleagues, we now know that naps are not only enjoyable but they’re scientifically proven to boost our performance and increase our overall health and happiness.

In her great book, Take a Nap! Change Your Life., Sara provides a super fun, quick-reading exploration on the whys and hows of napping. I loved it and I think you will, too.

Let’s have some fun checking out some of my favorite Big Ideas:

1. Napping - It’s written in our DNA.
2. Fatigue - The quiet little demon.
3. Warning: Losing Sleep - Is hazardous to your health.
4. 20 Good Reasons to Nap - Let’s count ‘em!
5. Napping + Nighttime Sleep - They go together well.

So, here’s to living with more health, happiness, meaning and mojo as we get our naps on!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful information 5 April 2015
By Frances Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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The book gives a good overview of how we sleep and the importance of nocturnal sleep and napping. It then goes on to explain how readers can apply those principles in a variety of situations such as being a new parent or a shift worker. There is quite a bit of technical information, but it is explained in an understandable and engaging way.

If you buy the Kindle edition, you won't get a map wheel. I wasn't expecting to get an actual wheel, but I was expecting a picture. There is a link to a site, www.takeanap.info. Don't use that one; the site seems to have been abandoned with lots of dead links and extraneous ads. If you go to Dr. Mednick's site, www.saramednick.com, you'll find the wheel without the mess. I have the impression from information on her site that the Kindle edition may be missing other useful illustrations. I love my Kindle, but for this book you're probably better off with print.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly worth reading, but a little scattered 8 Sept. 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..."
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 April 2014
By The Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 27 May 2017
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Easy read.
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