Napping isn’t just for kids! Understand types of naps, pros and cons of napping and the best way to take a nap from the Mayo Clinic.
Benefits: Napping offers various benefits for healthy adults, including: relaxation, reduced fatigue, increased alertness, improved mood and improved performance (quicker reaction time, better memory, less confusion, and fewer accidents and mistakes).
Downsides: Sometimes napping can cause sleep inertia which makes one groggy and disoriented after waking up from a nap. Napping during the day may also bring up nighttime sleep problems. Although short time naps don’t affect sleep quality for most people, be careful with how long you allow your naps to be.
When To Nap: You may want to consider taking a nap if you experience new fatigue or unexpected sleepiness. If you are about to experience sleep loss (such as a long work day) or want to make naps part of your daily routine then a nap looks in store for you.
The Best Way To Nap: To get the most out of your naps, keep them short. Aim to nap for only 10-30 minutes. The longer you nap the more likely you are to feel groggy afterward. Take naps in the afternoon (around 2-3pm). This is the time where you may be feeling post-lunch sleepiness or a lower level of alertness. It is also important for one to make a restful environment to nap in. Napping in quiet, dark places with a comfortable room temperature and few distractions provides the most beneficial atmosphere.
Who knew napping was so important towards becoming your better self?!