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?
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.
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.
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.
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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