Everything You Need to Know About Naps
Do naps have a bad rap?
If done wrong, some fear naps will ruin your day and your night’s sleep. But when taken the right way ― at the right time and place, and just the perfect length, a snooze can energize you, improve your thinking, and your mood, too!
Napping isn’t some antiquated practice, or one saved only for quaint Spanish villages. These Seven Myths about Napping tackle the ideal length of a nap, the best time of day for a nap, and whether you have to sleep to reap the benefits.
Even though it’s summer, and you may only need to think clearly enough to get from your door to the beach, naps can make you smarter, according to The Science Behind Napping and How to Make it a Habit, which cites a link between sleep deprivation and cognitive abilities.
An afternoon nap may “foster both mental health and resilience,” according to experts at Harvard Medical School. During a siesta your autonomic nervous system “helps take info in your short-term memory and solidify it in your brain so that you remember things for the long haul,” according to Guys, Take a Guilt-Free Nap, which shows that men get an average of 23 minutes less restful time in bed than women. The best part of a solo afternoon nap is you that you don’t have to engage in Summer Sleep Battles with your spouse. Some 75 percent of couples don’t agree on what temperature their bedroom should be. But nap alone, and you can be as cool as you like.
Still not convinced you’re a napper? If the Afternoon Slump Got You Down? There’s a Nap for That. Specifically, a video explains why your circadian rhythm dips in the afternoon, and how there’s so much power in an afternoon nap.
As poet Sir Philip Sidney wrote in Sonnet 39:
“Come Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace,
The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, The poor man’s wealth, the prisoner’s release, Th’ indifferent judge between the high and low.”
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