Let's admit that some people like to take a nap in the daytime. Is this a good or bad idea? Some people say that napping affects them badly, while others, on the contrary, get a charge of energy from it. Let's consider the benefits of napping for the human brain!
Sleep is the key to human health. It gives us many health benefits such as better heart function, hormonal maintenance and cell repair as well as boosting memory and improving cognitive function. In fact, when a person gets insufficient sleep, he loses focus, and his brain does not work 100%. When a person has a full sleep, he will be full of energy, and his brain will work properly.
The benefits of napping
Some studies have found that napping helps in improving cognitive function, creative thinking and memory performance. What’s more, researchers have proven that daytime naps can improve many things, such as: increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, stamina, motor skills and accuracy, enhance your sex life, aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attack, brighten your mood and boost memory.
Recent studies have shown that the right side of the brain is more active during a nap than the left side. Considering the fact that 95% of the population is right-handed, and the left side of their brain is the most dominant, the right side is consistently the more active hemisphere during sleep.
The scientist of this study, Andrei Medvedev assumed that the right side of the brain controls “housekeeping” duties while we are asleep. This napping study also found that while the left side of your brain takes some time off to relax, the right side is clearing out your temporary storage areas, pushing information into long-term storage and solidifying your memories from the day.
How can you get the most from your nap?
#1. You need to learn how long you take to fall asleep
If you need a nap, you can try using a fitness tracker, or a sleep-tracking app on your phone. Thanks to these “assistants”, you can control your napping time.
Another idea is to try the trick that Dr. Michael Hyatt uses: “Every day after lunch, I lie down on the sofa in my office. I hold my car keys in my right hand and let my hand hang toward the floor. When the car keys fall out of my hand, I know I’m done.”
#2. You should not sleep too long
Long napping can affect you not in the best way, because you can feel even more tired. Dr. Sara C. Mednick, author of “Take a Nap!” says that there is no benefit to napping longer than 90-minutes, because you are starting a new sleep cycle. Further, if you take a snooze too late in the day, it will contain too much slow-wave sleep. So, to get all the benefits of a nap, you must limit it to 15 minutes.
#3. You should choose the right time of day
The peak of sleepiness is in the middle of the afternoon (12 hours after a night's sleep). This is the time when you can take a break and take a nap. A short nap will help you refresh brain and boost energy.
#4. You need practice
To determine the best way of napping, you should experiment with different times of the day, different nap lengths and different ways of waking up. Say no to coffee and “yes” to take a nap!
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