Why Taking Naps Is Good For You
Siesta anyone? Taking a nap could either be a big yes or no-no. What I mean is that I haven’t met anyone who might take a nap, from time to time. You either do it or not. I didn’t use to. In fact, on weekdays I don’t. However, after researching on napping I made a resolution: ill try to nap every day even if it means uncomfortably sitting in my office!
Did you know there are different ways of taking a nap?
1) Planned napping involves taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. You may use this technique when you know that you will be up later than your normal bedtime or as a mechanism to ward off getting tired earlier.
2) Emergency napping occurs when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity you were originally engaged in. This type of nap can be used to combat drowsy driving or fatigue while using heavy and dangerous machinery.
3) Habitual napping is practiced when a person takes a nap at the same time each day. Oh, I wish! Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day.
How to take a good nap:
- For short-term alertness do a 20-30 min nap. This type of nap provides significant benefits for improved alertness and performance, without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
- Make sure that you have a restful place to lie down.
- Make sure the temperature in the room is comfortable.
- Try to limit the amount of noise heard and the extent of light filtering in.
- While some studies have shown that just spending time in bed can be beneficial, it is better to try to catch some zzz’s.
So why you should start napping like, yesterday?
- Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by100%.
- Naps can increase attentiveness in the phase right after your nap and may extend for a few hours later, during the day.
- Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.
So, bottom line: If you love someone (including yourself) let them take that nap!