Napping Does A Body Good
Feeling groggy at work, overly stressed, or less creative than usual? Take a nap! Eighty-five percent of mammals sleep in short spurts and as humans, we are in the minority when it comes to our sleeping pattern of only snoozing once a day. Give yourself a break, lie back, shut your eyes, and enjoy a nice nap. Need more reasons why napping will do your body good?
Here are a few benefits:
- Naps restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A NASA study found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by 100%.
- Enhanced alertness lasts for several hours after your nap, providing a pick-me-up more effective than caffeine.
- Napping can boost your mood. Naps are an easy way to shut your mind and body down for a bit of rejuvenation.
- You’ll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison. They were all great minds who were known as nappers.
What’s the best way to take a nap?
- Keep naps short, 10 – 30 minutes is ideal.
- Take naps in the afternoon.
- Make them part of your routine, this way they are less likely to interfere with your nighttime sleep routine.