We all know that getting a good night's sleep is crucial to our well-being. But getting a little more sleep during the day is far more advantageous than you think. If nap time is calling your name you may want to listen. Here’s why:
Napping helps you process new information more easily. - The longer you’re awake, the less sharp and clear your mind becomes. A study presented at an American Association of the Advancement of Science meeting discovered that people who took a nap in the afternoon did better on their learning tests at 6 p.m. rather than those who didn’t nap and took theirs at noon.
It can undo the effects of a sleepless night. - A study shown in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that people who took two 30 minute naps after getting only two hours of sleep in the night were less stressed and prone to getting sick; compared to those who went the whole day without taking any naps.
It will help you achieve your fitness goals. - A study from the journal SLEEP found that being deprived of sleep often leads to the craving of junk food. Another study found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that losing just a couple hours of sleep per night leads to weight gain. By maintaining a consistent sleeping and napping pattern, you can maintain a healthy weight.
Napping sparks creativity. - Research presented at the Annual Meeting of Neuroscientists showed that the brain’s right hemisphere, your literal creative side, becomes more active and connected to the rest of the brain during a nap.
Napping will boost your mood. - Napping can simply make you happier. A number of studies from the Journal of Sleep Research analysis found that naps make you feel less tired and foggy-headed; resulting in a happier you.
So if you feel like you need to take a quick catnap don’t feel guilty. Listen to your body. Remember, it is all about your personal wellbeing. Make sure to enjoy that little mid-day nap.