Do you feel like taking a nap after working out? Here's why! Do you feel like taking a nap after working out? Here's why!

Do you feel like taking a nap after working out? Here's why!

Physical activity is known for boosting energy, but it’s also possible to get tired after exercise.

Exercise increases your heart rate and blood flow, making you feel awake, but you can sometimes feel tired afterwards and take a nap. Keep on reading to find out the pros and cons of napping after a workout.

 
 

Pros of taking a nap after exercise
 

Here’s the advantages of taking a nap after working out:
 

● Muscle recovery.When you sleep, your pituitary gland releases growth hormone, this hormone is needed to repair and build your muscle’s tissue. So, sleeping can support muscle recovery.
● Improved sleep debt. Sleep deprivation hinders muscle recovery. It also slows down cognitive function and weakens the immune system, contributing to poor athletic performance. This way you can lessen the effects of sleep deprivation.
● Reduced physical fatigue. Feeling sleepy after exercise is a sign of muscle fatigue. However, as napping encourages muscle recovery, it decreases fatigue. A relaxing nap time can help you get to the end of the day with more energy.
● Increased mental alertness. Taking a nap after exercise can give you a boost of mental energy. If you woke up early to work out, a nap can help you feel less tired.
 

Cons of taking a nap after exercise
 

There are also some drawbacks to napping after a workout, such as:
 

● Poor nap quality. Exercise increases your endorphins and body temperature and this can keep your brain and body awake, which might end up in poor quality nap time. 
● Increased grogginess. If you take a long nap, you might enter the deeper stages of sleep and feel groggy and disoriented when you wake up. This feeling, known as sleep inertia, can last for up to 30 minutes.
● Disrupted nighttime sleeping. Although napping can decrease sleep debt, it can negatively affect nighttime sleep. You might have trouble falling asleep later at night. Plus, if you have a sleep disorder, napping may worsen your symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you feel the urge to regularly take naps.
 

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