Reasons why taking naps can boost your mental agility

Reasons why taking naps can boost your mental agility

Although some people consider taking naps as a sign of laziness, research has shown that siestas can actually make you smarter.

Most of us don’t get enough sleep, either because of work responsibilities, lack of time, or just because we prefer to binge our favorite series. But there are some potential benefits of napping every day that we should definitely consider. Despite their bad reputation, afternoon naps have a number of health benefits. People over the age of 60 who regularly took afternoon naps performed better on cognitive tests.

What kind of naps are beneficial?

Sleeping more than a 1-hour nap is not recommended.

Experts suggest that taking a nap of 10 to 30 minutes -especially between 1 and 3 pm- is the best way to reap its benefits.

Cognitive benefits

Adults who regularly take afternoon naps score higher on cognitive tests than the individuals who do not nap, according to research. They performed better in tests related to visuospatial skills, attention span, problem-solving, working memory, locational awareness, and verbal fluency.

Adults who regularly take afternoon naps score higher on cognitive tests than the individuals who do not nap, according to research.

Sleeping is paramount when it comes to learning –when we sleep our brain clears out unnecessary information from our temporary memory and prepares it for new information to be absorbed.

Other benefits

Napping is great for improving mood, energy and reducing tension –physical and mental– and anxiety.

We might indeed find it difficult to include a nap into our already full schedule, but if we consider sleeping during the day as a healthy way of recharging our energy, we may make time to have a nap.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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