Yesterday I was supposed to either condition or perform a recovery activity. There was no part of me that wanted to do either. I remember watching one of Mark Bell's vids talking about Stan Efferding and his push towards his last meet. Mark talked about how Stan incorporated naps into his program.
So I decided to take a nap instead of forcing myself to do something I really did not want to do. Man, it felt awesome. I either train, condition, or perform some type of recovery each day. Of course I won't nap instead of train. However, I will now use a nap as a viable option instead of the usual recovery option or even conditioning if I'm not in the mood.
I try to, Vinnie, but whenever I sleep during the day I always feel SHATTERED when I wake up, no idea why.
Always happens. Feel tired, nothing to do, take a nap. Wake up feeling worse than before, haha!
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I'm with Gareth on this.
This happens to me about once a month, usually on monday: I come home from work, at about 7pm; I have to put my stuff in the gym bag and hit the weights; but the "call of the bed" is strong, and I can't resist laying down "for a short nap".
I usually wake up 4 hours later, completely numb but angry as hell because of my idiocy: training session is gone, and going back to sleep almost pointless for another 3 hours, so the next day I'm even MORE f*cked up.
So no, no naps for me!
Quite common for me to nap in the middle of the day. I work a split shift though so my lifestyle is very accommodating to doing so.
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You guys might want to try setting an alarm for your nap. They recommend all different times for naps. I napped for 1.5 hrs yesterday. That allows you to get through a full cycle of sleep.
I don't think I would normally try to nap on the day of training for fear of being groggy.
Things might also be different for me. I am noticing as I have gotten older, I need more sleep to recover for training and life.
While my gym workload is not as much as most of you guys, I find that 8 hours of sleep per night gives me plenty of energy to get through the day, my workouts, etc. If I nap for 10 mins, an hour, or whatever it completely ruins the rest of my day. I will say that the older I get the more I require that 8 hours. I used to do the same on 4 hours.
20 minute nap can the trick. Lay on your floor, flat on your back.
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15 mins to half an hour most afternoons (well, probably every second day, often an hour or two after training) helps me and has for a while. It's not something i plan, I just fall asleep. It does help though and backs up something I was taught years ago in school -15 minute power naps to refresh your mind -any more would lead to you going into too deeper sleep which means you would be groggy after. 15-30 mins is just enough to refresh you. You could try an alarm but whenever I try to organise it that much I then can't get to sleep.
I havent had a mid day nap in 8 months since kid number two was born. I also havent had a full night sleep without being worken up atleast once a night during that time either. I guess all Im saying is that Im jealous!
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What sort of rep range do you guys use on your nap?
Will high reps promote more hypertrophy for naps?
The only lift I'm proud of at this point is a close stance, ass to grass zercher squat of 170kg x2 at 85kg bw. If only they held zercher squat competitions...
I'll usually take a nap whenever the baby takes a nap.
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I end up taking a quick power nap every time my wife starts talking to me about the Jodi Arias trial.
I always find that if I nap for about 20 minutes it is a great recharge after the initial wake up grogginess. If I sleep longer than 20 minutes than I better make it a full sleep because I feel worse afterwards.
I am retired so I get a nap in every day, it's one of the only skills I learned in the Army that still benefit me (never pass up the opportunity to get some sleep) I try to limit it to a 30-45 minute snooze, I usually feel great afterwards.
Every day. I only get 5-6 hours of sleep at night and that is not enough for me. My naps are anywhere from 30 min. to a little over an hour. I usually do it around 4-6P.M.
I work nights on 12 hours shifts. The days I am not working I sleep at night. Naps play a huge roll in my recovery for training and ability to function (politely) with society.
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I take naps on nearly everyone of my days off.
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I work the road. We rotate between night and dayshift every 14 days. Night shifts are usually 6p-4a or so. I try not to sleep during the day so even when I get home between 4-5a, I'll only sleep until 8a or so. I very rarely get more than 6hrs of total sleep (split between a few hours continuous and then one nap).
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i take a 2 hour nap every saturday/sunday, its awesome.
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fri/sat/sun if I don't feel like doing anything at all with myself I'll take a nap, usually that means I need some serious rest. Weekdays I just force myself to get stuff done, not enough time m-th to take a nap, rare occasion fall asleep for 15 minutes, but usually if I go try to take a nap in the evening I'm out for a really long time. Get 5-6 hours of sleep a night, If I'm lucky it will be uninterrupted. Occasional 3 hours due to work is the worst. Been getting sick a lot because of it.
Naps are great, I would get more if I could. I used to have a job with two set 15 minute break periods, napped through both of them and it was amazing.