As I don’t sleep well at night I love taking a nap. Ideally it should happen a couple of times a day, maybe for 15 minutes each – what a blessing that would be. Modern thinking tends to decry such ideas – we are meant to be busy with hectic schedules. Well the good news is that napping is meant to be good for you, according to this blogger the benefits include:
Increases alertness – a 20 minute nap is more effective than either 200 mg of caffeine or a bout of exercise.
Improves learning and working memory.
Prevents burnout and reverses information overload – putting in extra hours without rest dramatically reduces your productivity. It would be better to take a 30 minute nap and return to your work refreshed.
Heightens your senses and creativity – “napping can improve your sensory perception as effectively as a night of sleep. This means that steak tastes better, the sunset looks purtier, and music sounds better after a nap.”
Improves health – When you sleep, you release growth hormone which which boosts your immune system, primes your sexual function, reduces stress and anxiety, and aids in muscle repair and weight loss.
Improves mood – “napping bathes your brain in serotonin, reversing those effects and creating a more positive outlook.”
Saves money – instead of spending money on coffee, coke or other stimulants.
If you are still not convinced read about the habits of famous people who napped.