Quick Tip for Staying Healthy: Benefits of Napping

nappingWe know that kids need naps, and that cats are really good at taking them, but what about adults? Busy, productive adults? Should we also take naps? What are the benefits? And how can we fit them into our day?

Current research demonstrates that taking short, “power” naps has many benefits. And because these naps are short, it isn’t hard to fit them into your day. See below for details on why and how you should take naps.

Why Nap?

  • Naps increase productivity, attention, concentration, and accuracy.

  • Naps help you get a bit more sleep. A lack of sleep not only makes you feel tired, but it also increases your risk for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression.

  • Naps decrease stress. Research shows that the stress hormone cortisol drops dramatically after a nap.

  • Naps help your mood and give you an energy boost.

How Should I Nap?

  • Timing. Don’t have a nap too close to bedtime. Most people start to feel drowsy between 1 and 4 p.m.  Try to fit your nap in between those hours.

  • Length. The ideal power nap is 10 to 20 minutes long. Set an alarm on your cell phone to wake you up.

  • Location. Find a quiet spot or somewhere that feels private. If you have your own office, close the door and put a note on it that says “Back in 15 Minutes.” Or find an empty conference room, go to your car, or put in some earplugs and rest your head on your desk.

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