Benefits Of Napping
There’s nothing quite like an afternoon nap to recharge those batteries. If like us, you love to curl up and enjoy a little shut eye to help you make it through the day, you’re going to love our latest post. That’s right, we’re taking a look at just 10 of the amazing benefits of napping. So, next time someone tells you to nap too much, you can school them with these 10 reasons why they’re wrong. Sometimes, naps can get a little bit of a bad rap, but, over the years research has found that extra sleep has a whole load of benefits…
Without getting too technical, naps actually coming in three different forms, planning, emergency and habitual. Before we get started on reasons to nap, we’re going to break down the types:
Planned napping: sometimes referred to a preparatory napping, this refers to a nap you might take before you’re actually sleepy. This type of napping most commonly occurs when someone is trying to reset their body clock, for example, fighting jetlag.
Emergency napping: perhaps the best kind of nap, is emergency napping. When you’re suddenly exhausted and you simply have no other open than to rest your eyes.
Habitual napping: this is practiced when someone naps at the same time each day. AKA living the dream.
Now, it’s time to get down to it. Here are some of the top benefits to taking those well-deserved naps.
1. They Restore Alertness
A study carried out by NASA on sleepy astronauts and military pilots determined that a 40-minute nap improved alertness by 100% and performance by 34%. If NASA says napping is good, we’re certainly not about to argue.
2. It Can Increase Your Ability To Retain And Recall Information
Studies have found that sleep plays an important role in the function of our members. Napping can contribute to our ability to recall memory in regards to sense perception, verbal recall and motor skills.
3. They Can Improve Consistency
If your daily routine means that you carry out the same or similar tasks throughout the day, there’s no doubt that by the end of the working day, your performance would have got worse as the day goes on. Studies have proven that taking the time to nap can help you to remain consistent.
4. It Might Improve Your Move
If you’re feeling down, taking a nap may lift your spirits. Sure, we can’t just slope off to sleep to avoid our problems, but even just relaxing for an hour minus sleep can lead to a brighter outlook. Over the years, experts have claimed that even just lying down and taking the time to rest can be a significant mood booster.
5. It Can Prepare You For Late Nights
If you know you’ve got a late night coming up, whether it’s for work or pleasure, taking a nap earlier in the day will ensure you’re prepared to be a night owl. Instead of powering through and running of caffeine, you’re much better off taking a nap if you have the time to spare. We’ve all enjoyed a pre-party nap in our time, right?
6. They Are A Great Form Of Stress Relief
If you’re under a lot of pressure, a nap can work wonders when it comes to stress relief. Of course, taking a nap is easier said than done when you’re stressed out, but, if you can make it happen, experts believe that a 30-minute nap is enough to do the trick.
7. They Can Boost Creativity
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, early in the morning or from a nap with a brilliant idea? That’s thanks to REM sleep. REM sleep typically starts 70 to 90 minutes after you fall asleep, so you’ll have to be taking lengthy naps. A nap with REM sleep will activate the parts of your brain associated with dreaming and imagery that can help you when it comes to combining ideas and coming up with new solutions to your problems.
8. They Can Contribute To A Better Night’s Sleep
If you’ve ever been told napping will affect your quality of sleep, there might actually be some logic in it, particularly in older adults. Studies show that a 30-minute nap between 1-pm paired with moderate exercise in the early evening can actually improve night time sleep. Of course, taking a 3-hour nap and waking up wondering where you are at 6pm will more than likely have the opposite effect.
9. They Can Increase Energy
If you’re feeling a little lethargic and you know you won’t make it through the day without a nap. Take a nap. Even just a short nap lasting 30 minutes can give you the energy boost to make it through the day as you increase productivity, stamina and sex drive.
10. It Can Reduce Your Risk Of Dying From Heart Disease
In one study of 23,681 Greek men carried out over the course of six years, participants who enjoyed a nap three times per week had a 37% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who didn’t.
To conclude, daytime naps are not only the best way to treat sleep deprivation but that have a whole host of benefits such as improving your mood, increasing alertness and reducing stress. If you can get your napping schedule right, it can genuinely improve your overall health and wellbeing. Most people will find that an afternoon snooze is the most natural and beneficial time to nap, however, it can vary from each individual. The time that will work best for you is dependent on your daily schedule and how rested you are to begin with. Once you’ve found something that works best for you, stick to your routine and you’ll soon be reaping the benefits. Happy napping!