Next time you are looking to reset and recharge consider taking a quick nap.
While napping won’t make up for chronic sleep loss, it can help improve alertness, mood, and productivity. One study showed that a 10-minute nap was the most beneficial in terms of improved cognitive performance and reduced sleepiness.
It’s important to know there are some drawbacks to napping and that catching a few Z’s during the day isn’t for everyone. Some individuals have trouble sleeping during the daytime whereas others have difficulty sleeping anywhere other than their own bed. After waking up from a nap, you may feel slightly groggy and disoriented. This state, known as sleep inertia, can last a few minutes to a half-hour. If you experience poor sleep habits or insomnia at night, napping during the afternoon hours can worsen these problems. Long naps can also interfere with your nighttime sleep routine. Listen to your body and keep your normal sleep patterns in mind when deciding on an afternoon snooze.
Read below for five health benefits of napping as well as a few tips for taking a beneficial power nap.