Print Posted By Diya Selva on 11/02/2017 in Health and Lifestyle

NAP! You'll probably live longer!

NAP! You'll probably live longer!


The Energizing Effect of a Power Nap (and why you need one)

You wanna work for Google? We heard they have nap stations at work! Ten years ago, getting 30 minutes of uninterrupted sleep during the day was practically impossible for many people. Today, the ‘power nap’ is all the rage, and everyone is trying to milk its many associated benefits. Companies such as Google and the Huffington Post have gone as far as installing modern sleeping quarters in their offices for employees to nap in.

History of power naps:

The Spanish have a saying that goes “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” because tropical climate (Greece, Mexico, Nigeria, Italy, Costa Rica) is so hot that everyone is either sleeping or resting indoors.

During the medieval times in the Mediterranean and parts of Europe, everyone stopped doing whatever they were doing, at noon and went home to lunch. Lunch was bread, meats, fish, olives and vegetables for the rich and porridge and vegetables for the poor. After lunch, everyone slumbered. They ether took a short nap or just rested. I guess the heaviness of the meal and the high temperature outside made the perfect combo for everyone to feel drowsy. Naps restored alertness and regular activity resumed.

Even now, in many countries, the heat outside can be unbearable, making it pointless for outdoor workers and proprietors of petty shops to continue work after lunch. Many argue that the quality of life in suck countries is far better than life in the ever busy Americas.


So what is a power nap?

A power nap can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, but shouldn’t last longer than that. Anywhere longer than that results in feelings of drowsiness that linger on long after you wake up. A power nap allows you to make quick shifts between sleeping and waking up, keeping out the drowsiness and laziness.

There are lots of distractions at the average person's workplace, which when coupled with the day's roster of activities can be quite challenging to the human brain. That's why even people that have 8 hours of sleep every day have trouble being efficient by evening.

If anything, everyone needs to have a mandatory power nap in the afternoon to improve their post-lunch work efficiency. If you have less than 8 hours of sleep each night, you definitely need a power nap more than anyone.

Improves memory and cognitive abilities:

Research shows that a good power nap improves memory, especially helps in remembering and retaining long ago facts and events. Power napping is the best way to take a break from a long, taxing activity because it also improves your vigilance and cognitive abilities by keeping the mind alert and functioning at its best.

Strengthens heart:

Your heart benefits from your afternoon power nap too, because it helps lower your chances of getting heart related illnesses. But research is not complete regarding this benefit as there are other factors that come into play to maintain heart health than just taking naps.

Relieves stress:

Perhaps the stand out importance of taking power naps is their ability to lower stress levels. When we sleep, our brains rewind and literally 'clean up' through their sorting and organizing of the day's events, activities, sights and sounds. People experiencing stress can always benefit from a 20 minute clean-up of their brains with a simple power nap.

That explains why a good night's sleep allows you to wake up feeling fresh and ready for the day. At the end of the day, a power nap is just what you need to feel energized again and get back to work as usual.

There are lots of alternatives you may be considering to a power nap, including energy drinks and coffee, but none of them is as powerful and healthy as a power nap. Taking a nap is also great for your skin, heart and body in addition to energizing you after a long day. Neither coffee nor energy drinks can give you that.

The final point.

Fix some time in your busy schedule every day to get a power nap lasting between 10 to 30 minutes. You can have it on your desk, in your car or at home, depending on where you are at the moment. Make sure you don't oversleep. Maintaining a regular daily schedule is better for your body and brain.

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