Why napping is good for you – if you do it right

Have you ever woken up from a nap, groggy and disoriented? Then you’re just not doing it right.

1) Naps vs Coffee

The benefits of naps are actually similar to those of caffeine, without the side effects of dependence or disrupted sleep at night time. This means that a brief nap can improve alertness for several hours.

2) Naps and Your Brain

Naps can improve our cognitive functioning, reaction times, short-term memory and even our mood.

Research shows that short sleeps, lasting 5 to 10 minutes, can have effects that last for up to 3 hours afterwards.

3) The Perfect Nap

Waking up from your nap during light sleep will leave you feeling refreshed and alert. Waking during deep sleep will make you sluggish and drowsy. So you need to time it right.

You could have a brief ‘power nap’ and sleep for no longer than 20 minutes.

This way, you won’t enter deep sleep, so no risk of feeling drowsy afterwards!

4) Napping to Stay Up Late

If you’re planning to stay up later than usual, you can sleep for up to 90mins. This is the length of a normal sleep cycle.

So, if you’re feeling sleepy in the middle of the day and you’re somewhere where you can have a nap, just do it. You’ll feel better afterwards.

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Tom Williams

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