I have been reading a lot about napping lately. It is such an interesting and important subject that I want to pass along some of the things I have learned and give you the links to some articles that go into real depth on the subject of napping. Of course if you are not interested in in-depth information on napping, you can just take my word that napping is good for you and go take a nap.
New scientific evidence shows that a midday nap not only improves your alertness, creativity, mood and productivity later in the day but also contributes to your overall health. . . And to think that for years in the USA naps have been looked upon as a sign of laziness and weakness!
Consider some of the ways naps make you smarter, healthier and safer:
- A short catnap of 20 minutes enhances alertness and concentration, elevates mood, and sharpens motor skills.
- Limiting your nap to 45 minutesor less allows you to spring into action immediately after waking, otherwise you may suffer from grogginess and disorentation.
- A nap of 90 to 120 minutes usually comprise all stages of sleep including REM and deep slow-wave sleep. These naps help clear your mind, improve memory recall, and recoup lost sleep.
- The body also benefits from a nap. Napping reduces stress, and lowers the risk of a heart attack and stroke, diabetes and excessive weight gain.
All of this and much more may be found in an article entitled How To Nap by Jennifer Ackerman with graphics by Javier Zarracina published in the Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/naps/
There is also an excellent article by Rob Stein published in The Washington Post entitled Midday Naps Found to Help Fend Off Heart Disease that goes into real depth on this subject. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021200626.html
And a really good article in Good.is/magazine entitled Nodding Off by Sara Mednick and Rachel Salomon is one you should read: http://www.good.is/post/nodding-off/
OK. Nap time,