You Snooze You Win; the Benefits of the Perfect Length Nap
Everybody loves a good nap. Since I wake up at 3:00 every morning I always try to get a short mid-afternoon nap if possible. For me, it really helps with my productivity. I get more done late in the afternoon when I get the chance to nap.
There are new survey results from The Loupe that seem to match my experience. This study’s goal was to reveal Americans’ nap habits. Over 3,200 people were surveyed to gather information on their napping tendencies and preferences state by state.
Best Nap Length
One thing the survey learned was that Americans say a 55-minute nap is the optimal length in order to wake up feeling refreshed. I’m not sure I agree with that. Sometimes that can be a little too long and make it hard to concentrate.
The survey also discovered that three in twenty or about 15% of the respondents said they take naps during work hours. Most may disagree with that, but I feel may be a good idea. If you can get your work done, put in the hours, and are more productive, then it should be welcomed. The problem is that some will take advantage of the situation and the company will suffer.
Surprisingly, this study found that 34% of those who nap don’t feel more rested afterward.
Folks in Alabama take the most naps in a year and average just over 4 naps a week.
Maine takes the fewest naps in a year and also takes the shortest naps averaging thirty-eight minutes.
Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Massachusetts are the only states that prefer a nap on the couch.
Texans are the only state to have Monday as their most popular day for a nap.
New Jerseyans nap about an hour at an average of sixty-two minutes per nap. We also get around 131 naps a year. That works out to be just under three naps a week.
The most common reason for napping is sleep deprivation. Most of us don’t get enough sleep during the night due to busy schedules, work demands, or lifestyle choices. Napping offers a quick way to recharge and make up for lost sleep, enhancing alertness, concentration, and overall cognitive function.
These Celebrities Have a November Birthday
People born in November are either a Scorpio (November 1- 21) or a Sagittarius (November 22 – 30). For most of the month, the water sign Scorpio takes charge. Scorpio is a water sign symbolized by the scorpion. Scorpios derive their strength from the psychic, emotional realm, like fellow water signs Cancer (crab) and Pisces (fish). They never show their cards, and their mysterious nature is what makes them so seductive and charming. However, Scorpios tend to guard themselves and their private lives fiercely. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet that governs both destruction and transformation. Scorpion energy is ambitious and sometimes power-hungry if they give in to their egos. Scorpios are born to rule, succeed, and excel in their pursuits. They are known to blend their work life and home life, always strategizing, learning, and networking.
November Scorpios tend to be highly intuitive, spiritual, and naturally psychic. As a typical water sign, Scorpios are driven by their emotions and feelings, which makes them moodier than October-borns. They have a harder time hiding their emotions than the former. November Scorpios tend to be more freedom-oriented.
On November 22, the Sagittarius season begins. They are the final fire sign of the zodiac, represented by the archer (a half-man, half-horse centaur). Sagittarius traits are unlike any other sign of the zodiac. What makes Sagittarius so unique is its dynamic blend of passion, curiosity, intensity, and adaptability. Sagittarians are born to explore, and it is critical that these archers have the freedom to roam (Sagittarius rules the thighs, so they are always on the move). They are on a perpetual quest for knowledge, which makes them incredible storytellers, entertainers, and creatives. However, Sagittarius is notorious for their brutal honesty, which can often make them come off as arrogant and lead to misunderstandings.
Sagittarius’ ruling planet is Jupiter, the planet of abundance, so naturally, this sign demands to have it all. These archers have many passions and interests, so they often captivate you with their dynamic charm. November-born Sagittarius are often ready for a confrontation or a debate. The sign loves a philosophical or deep banter with someone as knowledgeable as them. They listen to the other point of view and try to adapt to them as well. However, they tend to get a little passive-aggressive at times as well.
Some of the most talented actors and iconic figures in Hollywood celebrate their birthdays in the month of November. Keep scrolling to see which of our favorite celebrities celebrate a November birthday.
The 'Hereditary' star celebrates her birthday on November 1. The Australian actress and producer was born in 1972 and has received various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and five AACTA Awards, with nominations for an Academy Award and a Tony Award.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman celebrates his birthday on the first as well. Kledis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1962. He and his fellow bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
The "Hot in Herre" rapper celebrates his birthday on November 2. Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was born in Austin, Texas in 1972. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and embarked on his musical career with the Southern hip hop group St. Lunatics in 1993. He signed to Universal Records in 1999.
Alright, alright, alright, McConaughey has a November birthday, celebrating his on the fourth. The Uvalde, Texas native was born in 1969, and had his breakout role in the 1993 coming-of-age comedy, 'Dazed and Confused.' Our favorite acting role of his is when he starred in the first season of HBO's 'True Detective' alongside his pal, Woody Harrelson.
Sean Combs celebrates his birthday on the fourth as well. Also born in 1969, Diddy was born in Harlem, New York. The Bad Boy Records founder recently was awarded the MTV Video Music Global Icon Award for his "unparalleled career and continued influence have achieved a unique level of global success in music and beyond."
Katherine Matilda Swinton celebrates her birthday on November 5. The British actress has starred in numerous roles in which her acting blew us away, like in 'Suspiria,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' and 'Burn After Reading.'
Arthur Ira Garfunkel also celebrates his birthday on the fifth. Born in Queens, New York in 1941, he is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.
Emily Jean Stone celebrates her birthday on November 6. The 'Easy A' alum was born in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1988 and has starred in a wide range of notable roles in 'Superbad,' 'Birdman,' 'Cruella,' and 'La La Land.'
The 'Sinister' actor celebrates his birthday on November 6. Born in Austin, Texas in 1970, Hawke made his breakthrough in 1989's 'Dead Poets Society,' where he plays student Todd Anderson alongside co-star Robin Williams as English teacher John Keating.
The Australian singer, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, was born on November 7, 1996. She is known for her unconventional musical styles and introspective songwriting, like in songs like "Royals," "Solar Power" and "Liability."
The 'See' star celebrates her birthday on November 8. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1952, Woodard is known for portraying strong-willed roles on stage and screen, with numerous accolades supporting that. Woodard's won four Emmys, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and two Grammy Awards.
The English media personality celebrates his birthday on November 8. With Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne as his parents, Jack was born in the UK in 1985. He shares daughters Pearl, Andy and Minnie with his ex-wife Lisa Stelly. He also has a daughter named Maple with his now-wife Aree Gearhart.
The retired bodybuilder celebrates his birthday on November 9. Well-known for his role as the Hulk on the '70s-'80s TV show, Ferrigno also hilariously provided a cameo in 2009's 'I Love You, Man.'
The stand-up comedian celebrates his birthday on November 10. Born in the Bronx, New York in 1968, Morgan was a cast member on the 'Saturday Night Live' from 1996 to 2003, and played Tracy Jordan in '30 Rock' from 2006 to 2013.
The country singer celebrates her birthday on November 10. The "Mama's Broken Heart" singer started out in 2001 when she released her self-titled debut album independently. Two years later, she appeared on 'Nashville Star.' Though she didn't win, she caught the attention of record-company executives, who signed her to a contract.
Leo may get older, but his girlfriend's ages all stay under 25. The 'Killers of the Flower Moon' star celebrates his birthday on November 11. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1974, DiCaprio has starred in some amazing films such as 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Inception,' and 'The Departed,' just to name a few.
Born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1962, the 'St. Elmo's Fire' actress celebrates her birthday on November 11. Before making her breakthrough in film roles in the mid-80s, Moore appeared on the soap opera 'General Hospital' from 1982 to 1983.
The "Icebox" singer celebrates his birthday on November 12. The R&B singer rose to prominence as the lead singer of the boy band B2K back in 1998. Omarion has also ventured into acting, with appearances in films such as 'You Got Served,' 'Somebody Help Me,' and 'The Proud Family Movie.'
The 'Barbie' star celebrates his birthday on November 12. Canadian-born Gosling was born in 1980 and is known for his work in films such as 'The Notebook,' 'Drive,' and 'The Place Beyond the Pines.' On the latter film, he met his now-wife, Eva Mendes, whom he shares daughters Esmeralda Amada and Amada Lee.
The 'Devil Wears Prada' alum celebrates her birthday on November 12. Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1982, and her films have grossed over $6.8 billion worldwide. She has starred in 'The Princess Diaries,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' and 'Bride Wars.'
The Canadian singer-songwriter celebrates his birthday on November 12. Young has written songs "Harvest Moon," "Rockin' in the Free World," and "Old Man." His guitar work, personal lyrics and signature high tenor singing voice define his long career, which began in 1963.
The Scottish hunky actor celebrates his birthday on November 13. Butler has notably starred in films such as '300,' 'The Bounty Hunter,' and 'The Phantom of the Opera.' After studying law, he moved to London to pursue his dream of becoming famous.
Whoopi Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, celebrates her birthday on November 13 as well. 'The Color Purple' actress began her career in theater in 1983 with her one-woman show, 'Spook Show.'
The Blink-182 drummer celebrates his birthday on November 14. Barker's mom gave him his first drum kit at age four, which was the only one he had until he was 15. Barker joined Blink-182 in 1998, though he often offers his awesome drumming skills for other performers across all genres.
The Nickelback frontman and guitarist celebrates his birthday on November 15. Kroeger formed the band in 1995 and has come out with such hits like "Savin' Me," "How You Remind Me," and "Photograph."
The 'Saturday Night Live' alum celebrates his birthday on November 16. The Staten Island native began doing stand-up in 2013 at 20 years old. Post 'SNL,' Davidson stars in he Peacock original series 'Bupkis.'
The Canadian actress celebrates her birthday on November 17. McAdams had a breakout year in acting in 2004 when she portrayed Regina George in 'Mean Girls' and Allie Hamilton in 'The Notebook.'
The 'Taxi Driver' director celebrates his birthday on November 17. Born in Flushing, New York in 1942, Scorsese still makes films, with his most recent 'Killers of the Flower Moon' being called a "masterpiece."
The comedian and actor celebrates his birthday on November 17. DeVito's acting never ceases to make us laugh in his role as Frank Reynolds in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.' The New Jersey native got his breakout role in 1975's 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' alongside Jack Nicholson and Christopher Lloyd.
"Wow," the 'Starsky & Hutch' star celebrates his birthday on November 18. Wilson met and was roommates with director and frequent collaborator Wes Anderson in Austin, Texas, making his acting debut in Anderson's 'Bottle Rocket' in 1994.
The 'Next Friday' star celebrates his birthday on November 18 as well. Epps began his professional career by joining the Def Comedy Jam tour in 1995 before his first on-screen appearance in Vin Diesel's second directorial film, 'Strays' in 1997.
Tyga, whose real name is Micheal Ray Stevenson, celebrates his birthday on November 19. T-Raw was born to Jamaican and Vietnamese parents in Compton in 1989. His nickname comes from his mother calling him Tiger Woods.
The 'Silence of the Lambs' alum celebrates her birthday on November 19. Foster began her professional career as a child model and later as a teen idol in various Disney films including 'Napoleon and Samantha' (1972), 'Freaky Friday' (1976).
The 'Logan Lucky' actor celebrates his birthday on November 19 as well. Driver rose to prominence with a supporting role in HBO's series 'Girls' from 2012 to 2017. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for almost three years.
The "Mask Off" rapper celebrates his birthday on November 20. The Atlanta native, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Cash is considered a pioneer of the use of melody and auto-tune in modern trap music.
Johansson celebrates her birthday on November 22. At nine years old, she made her film debut as John Ritter's daughter in the fantasy comedy 'North' in 1994. She shares daughter Rose Dorothy with her ex-husband Romain Dauriac and a son named Cosmo with husband Colin Jost.
The "Flowers" singer celebrates her birthday on November 23. Cyrus is one of the few examples of a child star who has gone on to have a successful career as an adult, first beginning with her role as Hannah Montana in the Disney show and movie. Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
The "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" was born on November 26. The Tennessee native has come out with such hits throughout her illustrious career, like "What's Love Got to Do with It?," "River Deep - Mountain High," and "A Fool in Love." She passed away on May 24, 2023 at 83 years old of natural causes at her home in Switzerland.
The legendary musician was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. The "Purple Haze" artist passed away on September 18, 1970 of asphyxia while intoxicated with sleeping pills at age 27.
The 'Euphoria' actor celebrates his birthday on November 28. The Philadelphia native had his breakthrough playing Victor Strand in AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' in 2015. He's also appeared in supporting roles in films such as 'Lincoln,' 'Selma,' and 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.'
The 'Westworld' star celebrates his birthday on November 28. The New Jersey native's performances in films such as 'Apollo 13,' 'The Truman Show,' 'Pollock', and 'The Hours' have earned him critical acclaim.
"Mr. Steal Yo Girl" celebrates his birthday on November 28. Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, has sold over 25 million records worldwide in singles and albums.
The 'House Bunny' star celebrates her birthday on November 29. Faris moved to Los Angeles after graduating college once she committed to the idea of pursuing acting. Shortly afterwards, she snagged the starring role in 2000's 'Scary Movie.'
The 'Hotel Rwanda' star celebrates his birthday on November 29. Cheadle played saxophone in the jazz band, sang in choirs, and was active in the theater department, performing in musicals, plays, and mime shows while in high school. He began his acting career in the late '80s in films like 'Hamburger Hill' and 'Colors.'
The 'No Country For Old Men' director celebrates his birthday on November 29. He regularly collaborates with his younger brother Ethan. The two came out with amazing films such as 'Fargo,' 'The Big Lebowski,' 'True Grit,' and 'Burn After Reading.'
The 'Black Panther' star was born on November 29, 1976, in South Carolina. Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020 after a silent four-year battle with colon cancer. He was married to singer Simone Ledward Boseman in 2018.
The 'Tropic Thunder' star celebrates his birthday on November 30. The comedian and filmmaker is son to comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Stiller shares daughter Ella Olivia and son Quinlin Dempsey with actress Christine Taylor.
The singer-songwriter celebrates his birthday on November 30 as well. The British musician first achieved fame in the '70s as the lead singer of punk rock group Generation X. Following that, he embarked on a solo career which led to international recognition with songs like "Rebel Yell," "Dancing with Myself," and "White Wedding."
The 'Flight Attendant' star also celebrates her birthday on the 30th. Cuoco is best known for her role in the 'Big Bang Theory' sitcom from 2007 to 2019. She is also a voice actress, with a starring role as Harley Quinn in the Max series of the same name.