There are many different kinds of naps, and every IB student needs to know about them.
In-class nap. This is the most common type of nap for IB students. It occurs at school during a boring class. In-class naps can be detrimental if you miss something important or if the teacher begins to dislike you because of your frequent napping. However, it is a great idea to nap in an easy class so you won’t get sleepy later during a strict boring class. I often sleep in Chemistry or AP Biology so I will be wide-awake for AP European History.
Cat nap. These occur at other times during the day when a short nap is needed. For instance, in the car to or from school. Cat naps are also popular when one first gets home from school. They can provide a nice refresher so you can work into the night.
All-nighter nap. This type of nap is common in people who often pull all-nighters. If this applies to you, you have may notice that you often need a refreshing, short nap. For instance, if you are getting so tired that your brain is not functioning, but you have a lot of work you need to get done, you can usually afford a slight, ten-minute nap. It will probably end up boosting your productivity as you become less of a zombie. I had to do this when I was working on my History Fair project the night before it was due. It can be really helpful.
Epic nap. These are variants of the “cat nap” that get out of hand. An epic nap occurs when you sleep for a period of two hours or more (often before you have begun your homework) and also can sometimes occur when someone forgets to wake you up and you jerk into conciousness hours afterward.
Crash nap. This is the kind of nap you are forced to take because you had too much energy drink and crashed. These can often turn into epic naps, and usually are. To avoid this type of nap, do not consume large amounts of energy-boosting drink. You will come to regret it.
Almost nap. These can occur anywhere. They often involve a slowing of activity and blank staring into space. Often accompanied by wandering thoughts, one usually snaps out of an almost nap after remembering how much homework one has left to do. While technically not a nap, they can sometimes result in a feeling of refreshment.
Should-have-been-a-nap-but-turned-into-12-hours-of-unperturbed-sleep nap. This was a suggestion from the bffaeaeae. This set of naps is actually a subset of epic naps. Whereas epic naps are catnaps out of control, these are epic naps out of control. These are often caused by parents who feel bad and later say, “Well, you are always up so late and you just looked so cute and calm that I left you there. You didn’t have too much homework left, did you?” Of course, one can never answer “yes” to that, so sometimes parents may even do it frequently. The best prevention is to set an alarm that you know will wake you up, and to make sure that your alarm is not set for more than an hour ahead. Once you get into deeper sleep, it becomes harder to wake up.
Microsleep (technical term!). This is “a nap where you like literally fall asleep for one to two seconds and wake up again”. Thanks, Cuong! :)