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Benefits of Napping

Benefits of napping

National Take a Nap Day Monday March 15th 2021. A nap is a short period of sleep taken particularly during the day. According to experts, getting the best results from a nap needs to be timed just right for maximum benefits. The time of day considered most ideal is during the mid-afternoon, however, the time that works best depends on how rested a person is before the nap. A nap should not be too long to avoid a phenomenon called sleep inertia where one wakes up feeling more tired while if the nap is too short, it is may disrupt your work pattern. Experts and researchers recommend that napping for between 15 to 30 minutes provides many benefits that help you make it through the day.

As we celebrate the National Napping, here are the major benefits of napping:

Increased alertness

Napping leads to improvement in cognitive functioning. Napping makes us feel more awake and helps the brain to function more efficiently. This has an overall effect of improved performance in performing tasks after taking a nap. It also lifts your mood, spirits and attitude and you are thus better conditioned to deal with frustrations.

Improved memory

Studies have shown that naps help increase the ability to retain learned information. Taking a nap helps a person remember facts and things learned earlier in the day. It also helps in promoting memory consolidation where our brain turns information into long-term memory. After learning a new thing, a good nap helps us retain that information.

Improved creativity

Napping not only helps to improve memory, it also results in a creative mindset. This is achieved during the rapid eye movement sleep cycle where the right side of the brain associated with creativity is activated. After the nap, you can wake up with a great idea or solutions to a particular puzzle.

Boosting your immune system

Several studies show that taking a nap reduces the levels of norepinephrine, which is a substance that is released by the body when it is under stress.  Norepinephrine increases the heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and raises blood pressure and blood sugar. It also improves the function of T-Cells that play a critical role in improving our immunity by searching out infections and breaking them down before they have time to grow.

Good for the heart

Taking a nap results in an overall reduction in cardiovascular output and lowers the risk of heart attack or stroke. Sleep deprivation is known to increase the risk for obesity, which is a known risk factor for heart disease. Since a nap helps in lowering blood pressure and, it makes sure that the heart is not overworked which helps in reducing cardiovascular problems.

Improved stamina and performance

Napping helps in improving your physical stamina and performance since the body is able to focus on repairing cells and resetting your body to its normal state. Researchers note that sleep plays an important role in the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels.

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