Sleep and Naps

Sleep Info

Good sleep health is important for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals. Sleep is a vital part of well-being, but how do we know if we are getting enough sleep and how do we increase sleep? If you spend more than 30 minutes trying to fall asleep or feel fatigued all day, it might be time to assess your sleep. Options to improve your sleep include:

Check out more tips and tricks from the National Sleep Foundation.

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Napping is the next best thing if you can't get enough sleep at night!

Nap Length

Ever wonder the best length of time for a nap?

  • 10-20 minute: Ideal napping time. Boosts alertness and energy. This length limits you from entering deep sleep.
  • 30 minutes: Not so ideal. This may cause a groggy feeling for 30 minutes before you actually feel better from the nap (and make better decisions)
  • 60 minutes: Best for facts, faces and names. This nap helps improve memory and includes the deepest type of sleep. Be ready for some grogginess though.
  • 90 minutes: Full REM cycle. This nap is a full cycle of sleep and helps with improved emotional and procedural memory and creativity. This length usually has less grogginess.

Nap Stats

  • 34% of adults in the U.S. say they take a nap on a typical day.
  • Ideal nap time is 1pm-4pm.
  • Best nap length? 10-20 minutes.
  • A person who dreams during a short nap is likely sleep-deprived.
  • Naps are better than coffee at helping with memory (caffeine decreases memory function).

GVSU Nap Map

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*We'll be adding more locations soon!

Other Sleep Resources

  • Tell us your favorite sleep spots on campus (we're looking for some in Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City and Detroit still!)
  • Check out our sleep blogs.
  • For other ways to rest, visit our Press Pause Campaign