Having a nap doesn't mean you have to fall asleep for three hours. In consequence, if you rest more than the count, you will probably feel somnolent and tired. But there are some potential benefits of napping 30 minutes every day that we should definitely consider.
Sometimes our busy and full schedules can make us feel tired or with no energy, and on more than one occasion you probably wish the day have more than 24 hours. Taking a nap for 30 minutes per day can be the answer, instead of doing nothing but stress ourselves.
Having a nap doesn't mean you have to fall asleep for three hours. In consequence, if you rest more than the count, you will probably feel somnolent and tired. John Breese, a sleep science coach and founder of Happy Sleepy Head, told Pocket during an interview:
Note that some studies suggest allowing yourself to go through one full sleep cycle (which is about 90 minutes) [to receive the most benefits]. Ideally, you should avoid waking up in the deep sleep stage
What kind of naps are beneficial?
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.
Below you can find the benefits you may receive if you actually decide to take a nap every day:
If you sleep the recommended 20 to 30 minutes, you are bound to have a clear mind and become more alert after the first nap. Sleeping more than a sleep cycle will backfire for sure.
At first, it is difficult for our body to adjust to our new napping routine. Once you discover how to include 20- or 90-minute nap in your schedule, you will start to notice the benefits: better mood, higher levels of energy, improved motor skills and increased attention span.
You will notice a radical difference in not only your professional life but in your personal life as well. Among the noticeable benefits, you may find: your memory will have improved, your emotional control and stamina will have increased, you will be more creative, and this will lead to enhance your career and personal life in general.
6 months of napping
You will have completely adapted to your napping routine and the long-term benefits are several. You will be able to be more consistent in your schedule, and, added to the benefits above, you’ll profit from a general health boost.
Now that you are aware of all the benefits of taking naps, go get your 20-minute break and wake up feeling refreshed and optimistic!