Power Naps

by | Mar 23, 2018 | Sleep, Wellness

Napping is Good For You!!!

There’s really no excuse not to nap — especially when there are so many health benefits!

Before you feel guilty about that weekend snooze, or falling asleep during a movie, rest assured that napping is actually good for you, and a completely natural phenomena in the circadian (sleep-wake cycle) rhythm.

The cool kids are doing it

Companies as cutting edge as Google and Apple are allowing employees to have nap time. Studies have affirmed that short naps can improve awareness and productivity. Plus, who wouldn’t love a boss that lets you get a little shut-eye before the afternoon push?

Studies show

A study from the University of Colorado – Boulder found that children who missed their afternoon nap showed less joy and interest, more anxiety, and poorer problem solving skills than other children. The same can be seen in adults that benefit from napping. Also, an additional research study found that an hour nap can dramatically increase learning ability and memory. Naps sort of provide a reboot. It’s as though our short-term memory is cleared out, and our brain becomes refreshed with new defragged space.

So how long should you nap?

Experts say a 10 to 20 minute “power nap” is best for refreshing your mind and increasing energy and alertness. The sleep isn’t as deep as longer naps; making it easier to get right back at your day upon waking.

A 30-minute nap can lead to 30 minutes of grogginess, as you are often waking just as your body enters the deeper stages of sleep. You’ll experience some of that same fogginess if you sleep for an hour; but, 60-minute naps are good for memory boosting.

The longest naps—around 90 minutes—are good for those people who just don’t get enough sleep at night. It’s a complete sleep cycle and can improve emotional memory and creativity.

Naps are good for you — physically and mentally. But don’t sacrifice night time zzz’s for an afternoon snooze; take your nap in addition to a good night’s sleep.

 

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