The Benefits of Napping

The Benefits of Napping

Imagine having an entire weekend full of studying that needs to be done. You stress about the amount of material that you need to memorize and are worried it will take more than a weekend to complete. You plan on pulling an all-nighter by waking up early in the morning and studying until three in the morning with no breaks in between.

While you may think this is an effective strategy to getting your work done, this will just cause you to grow irritated, stressed, and tired. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism says that taking a two hour nap can reset your stress hormones, being more healthier than those who do not nap. Taking a little nap can give you more energy to get your work done much faster.

While it is healthy to sleep for seven to eight hours a day, it is also important to take a nap, especially when you have a busy schedule. While there are common misconceptions that taking a nap is childish and indicates laziness, that is the farthest from the truth. Naps can provide you with beneficial results by giving you more energy throughout the day as well as increasing your mental health.

Taking a nap can restore your alertness, reduce the risks of making mistakes, and enhance your performance. A study at NASA said that military pilots and astronauts felt that their performance was improved by 34% and their alertness by 100% after napping for forty minutes. Taking a short nap before you drive can reduce the risks of getting into a car crash from drowsily sleeping behind the wheel. Even when you work a long night shift, it has been said naps and caffeine improve alertness and performance.

There are two different types of naps such as the stage two nap where you sleep for twenty minutes. This type of napping can enhance your attention and motor skills. When you are in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, you are in a nap for an hour to an hour and a half. REM sleep can cause you to make new connections in the brain and help in solving creative problems. Studies also show that toddlers who miss one daytime nap can end up cranky and less interested in the world around them. Their mood is boosted after a nap. Napping can become a superpower to both our mental and physical health.

 

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