you stressed? Feeling overworked? Well, take a nap! Yes you heard me correctly.
According to Harvard neurologist Sarah Medick, taking a nap in the afternoon can
help you out with that “burnt-out” feeling from the overload of
information you take in daily. Taking an afternoon nap can improve your mental
and physical learning.
As humans we are naturally prone to feel sleepy in the
early to middle hours of the afternoon. If given the opportunity to nap most
humans will. Researchers at the University of Ottawa discovered that young
children, college students, and retired people nap the most. Afternoon napping is
easiest way to catch up on loss of sleep because it’s the most restful phase of
slow-wave sleep. “A short 15-30 minute nap in the afternoon will leave you
more rested than the same amount of time tacked onto a morning sleep,”
according to Dr. Roger Broughton, a professor of Medicine and Neurology at the
University of Ottawa. It has been discovered that if you take a nap when you’re
facing a night of reduced sleep it is more beneficial making up that sleep
later. Researchers found that students who stayed up for almost two days
greatly improved their scores on reaction-time and mental drinking tests by
taking just a two-hour nap before the test.
Ever felt groggy 15 minutes after waking up? This is known
as sleep inertia. This happens after naps and regular sleeping at night. The
deeper of sleep the worst the effects of sleep inertia. Although, most researchers
can agree that the temporary effect of sleep inertia is just a small price to
pay for the increase in your mood after you nap.
Naps can be a way to help people succeed with their
daily tasks and have a better mood while doing it. A nap allows recently
learned information to be processed and prepares the mind for new knowledge. So,
got a test or something really important tomorrow? Well, you better get a good
night’s sleep tonight.