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Naps: Endangered species in modern life?

TheStar.com - The modern world killed off the nap

What a bouquet of coincidence.

My Make column on napping is overdue, and yet right before dashing off to steal a rejuvenating 20-minute nap, I take a spin past del.icio.us/popular to find this little gem:

A good nap is one of life's great pleasures, and the ability to nap is the sign of a well-balanced life. When we nap we snatch back control of our day from a mechanized, clock-driven society. We set aside the urgency imposed on us by the external world and get in touch with an internal rhythm that is millions of years old.

A nap distils the sweetness of a whole night's sleep down to a few minutes. Ideally, it starts on a soft bed, in a dark room, with a warm blanket. At first your mind lingers on what you've done that day, and what you still need to do. Then your thoughts start to unravel a little, become less coherent, more dreamlike. You feel your breathing deepen, your body relax. You lose yourself; you're asleep. After a few minutes you gradually become aware again of the bed, the room. You open your eyes, gather your thoughts, throw off the blankets. You're a new person.

So nicely put. And, with that, Pzizz and I will say night night for now.

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I am also a pzizz...

I am also a pzizz owner that is questioning my decision to purchase it. Those of you who delcare it to be the greatest thing ever, any tricks? I feel like the key part of pzizz for me is the beeping at the end so that I wake up, but I cannot fall asleep for a good 20 minutes, but I can't afford to take much more than a 30 minute nap so I get about 10 minutes or so in. But that's only when I'm ALREADY tired. When I'm not I can't fall asleep at all. When I was reading up before buying it, I had this illusion of being able to sleep within 5 minutes of this thing being on. Am I just asking too much from the software?

Okay, I will admit, however, that even the 10 minutes that I get sometimes does leave me noticeably refreshed when the day moves into late afternoon/evening. But I have dreams of a solid 20-30 minutes of napping and the wonders that would do.




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