The jury is out about whether a daily nap is good or bad for you but as far as I am concerned I could not cope without my little nap every afternoon.
They do say that napping can restore alertness, enhance performance and help overcome fatigue as used by Winston Churchill and Einstein, who both enjoyed an afternoon nap. It helps with a quicker reaction time and better memory.
I never get a full night’s sleep due to pain waking me up but a 30-minute nap in the afternoon can help me to catch up on one 90-minute cycle missed during the nighttime.
The nest time for a nap is supposed to be between 1pm and 3pm, but I don’t think this needs to be followed rigidly. My nap is usually between 2.30-3.0pm but never later than that. They say if you nap between 1pm and 3pm it will follow the natural cycle of your circadian rhythm.
The US company Google advocate napping at work and actually provides nap pods which block both light and sound. AMAZING…
A NASA study on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by 100%.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 74% of women get less sleep per night than men but women feel guiltier about taking a nap.
A power nap can also be great to awaken your fatigue which can set in after 1pm. They do say that you should keep your naps short. Aim to nap for only 10 to 20 minutes. The longer you nap, the more likely you are to feel groggy afterwards. However, young adults might be able to tolerate longer naps.
Simply shutting your eyes for 10 minutes is all you need to feel a new you so enjoy it when you can.