The Top Benefits of Napping
You rather do some work than nap. That seems understandable because napping or sleeping is not productive. You may not be productive when napping but you have to believe that there are benefits of napping that your body can use. Short naps can give you power to endure hours of working.
Unfortunately, there are cultures that frown upon napping. Here in Singapore, people are always busy. In fact, not all people get the recommended sleep let alone nap. There are some people that think napping is for the unambitious and the lazy. When you doze off, you feel embarrass and guilty. It is time that we need to change our idea about napping.
Napping is not a stigma. Napping is can actually be one of the most powerful tools when you are talking about self-improvement. Napping not only increases your health but your productivity and overall well-being. Taking a nap is specifically helpful for people who have difficulties sleeping at night. Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on our well-being. Lack of sleep can keep us from performing our best and enjoying what life gives us.
Here are the benefits of napping:
- Upsurges alertness: When eyelids are too heavy to keep it open, you have to do something about it or your work will suffer. When this happens, it is important that you make time for a nap and then go back after. The good news is that you only need forty minute nap to upsurge alertness by 100%. Other studies found out that a twenty-minute nap is more effective than drinking a two hundred milligram of caffeine.
- Intensifies working memory: Naps actually have the power to intensify working memory and eventually retaining it. This kind of memory is involved in complex tasks and how to accomplish it. Working is not easy because of bunch of things to do but nap can intensify it, solidify and store it.
- Avoids burnout: There is a reason why you need sleep in the first place. Sleep can help you avoid burnout. Studies show that putting extra hours without resting intensely reduces one’s productivity leading to burnout. It is better to rest for at least thirty minutes then return to work. Do not force yourself because it can reduce your productivity.
- Intensifies senses: Napping can in fact intensify one’s sensory perception. It is as effective as a night’s sleep actually. When you wake up from nap, you will realize that food tastes better and ideas seem to flood.
- Improves health: Lack of sleep will surge hormones called cortisol in the body. Cortisol is known as stress hormone. Too much cortisol can lead to increased glucose intolerance as well as abdominal fat that will eventually weaken your immune system. When sleeping or napping, the body will release growth hormone which can counter cortisol. Sleep can boost immune system and reduce stress as well as anxiety. It can also provide chance for the body to heal.
- Mends the mood: Another hormone should be considered when napping. When napping or sleeping, there will be a flooding of serotonin. Serotonin is good as it can regulate your mood and appetite. However, when you are too stressed, you need more serotonin but the production is blocked. When this happens, you become irritable, depressed and anxious. Napping or sleeping can cleanse the brain with serotonin thereby reversing negative effects and creating a positive outlook.
- Saves more money: On the practical side, napping can save you more money. Instead of spending money buying energy drinks or coffee, taking a nap is free and it can be as much effective. Napping is your natural way of boosting that energy.
Now that you know the benefits of napping, it is time that you incorporate it to your routine. For those who sleep well at night, they can still use naps in the afternoon or depending on their routine. It can boost their performance to the next level.
There is actually a study that claims the perfect nap is about ninety minutes long taken from one to three in the afternoon. You can tailor your napping depending on your needs actually. For more information, you can consider Dr. Mednick’s book: Take a Nap! The book has a formula for calculating your nap based on particular needs.