If you’ve always wondered what you and Einstein may have in common, wonder no more: Napping!
In a nation as sleep deprived and stressed as ours, daily naps are rare. But if you’re one of the few who makes time to squeeze in a little shut-eye to revive your daily engine, you’re in the proud company of not only Einstein, but Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Thomas Edison as well.
What did all these great minds know? That napping is an excellent way to improve overall health and wellness.
Health Benefits of Naps
- Improves Brain Function
- Enhances Creativity
- Increases Energy
- Improves Mood
- Prevents Burnout
- Reduces Fatigue
To understand which nap is right for you, you must first know what types of naps there are and what benefits they provide.
Types of Naps
Power Nap: 15-20 minutes
This powerhouse rest helps perk up your energy for the rest of the day. It can also improve productivity, mental focus and creativity for the rest of the days tasks. Lay down and allow your entire body to surrender for a mere 20 minutes before waking rested and refreshed.
Average Nap: 30 minutes
This nap goes a bit beyond a power snooze, allowing your body to reach a deep sleep state before waking refreshed once the alarm goes off. If you go longer than 30 minutes, you may end up feeling groggy the rest of the day, so be sure to limit your rest time to reap the most benefits.
Advanced Nap: 75-90 minutes
For many adults, the last time you had this kind of nap was when you were a toddler. Ah, the glory days. To make sure this kind of nap doesn’t disrupt restful sleep at night, schedule this nap at least 6-8 hours before bedtime. This deep rest is great for athletes recovering from an intense training session or those who wake exceedingly early yet need to function until late in the day. Long naps such as this are great for muscle recovery as well as cognitive function, so when your body is begging for a daytime recovery, go ahead and take a serious rest.
Typically, it’s advised to take a nap between 1-3 pm, or after you’ve been awake for approximately 6-8 hours. Napping in this time period keeps an optimal balance between your daily sleep stages and helps you reap all wonderful 6 health benefits of naps.
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