Nap Time Benefits

Posted on September 27 2013

Did you know that a nap can do your body good? Many people are too busy to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep. When that happens to you, try getting a nap in! Lack of sleep impacts how well your body and mind function and without the proper amount of sleep, we tend to feel a constant feeling of sluggishness and even loss of interest. This is why the power of a nap can be very important for those who are lacking in a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is one of the most important elements for a healthy mind and body. Actually, sleeping the recommended 8 hours a night has been scientifically proven to decrease the stress levels, lessen depression, boost mental capacities of the brain and also increases overall productivity.

There are actually 4 different types of naps:

10 to 20 Minutes: This power nap is ideal for a boost in energy and alertness. The length of the power nap limits you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, which makes it easier to be productive after waking up.

30 Minutes: Some studies show sleeping this long could cause sleep inertia - which is that hangover, groggy feeling that could lasts for up to 30 minutes after waking up.

60 Minutes: This type of nap is the best for improvement in remembering facts, faces and names. This rejuvenating nap includes slow-wave sleep which is the deepest type of sleep. So, what is the downside to this nap? Some people may experience grogginess upon waking.

90 Minutes: This 90 minute nap is a full cycle of sleep for adults, meaning lighter and deeper stages of sleep including REM. This type of nap leads to improved emotional memory and creativity. A nap of this length usually avoids sleep inertia which makes it easier to wake up.

As children, we used to whine and cry when someone would tell us to take a nap or tell us it was bed time. Now as adults, we look forward to the days we have time to take a quick snooze! Just remember:  naps aren’t a bad thing, especially if you’re not getting the full 8 hours a night.


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