Napping is one thing you can do in the afternoon that will surely make you feel good. According to Sleep Foundation famous personalities like Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison are known to value an afternoon nap.
Why napping is considered so effective for the human body and wellness ? Here are some benefits.
Nap creates alertness
For most of us energy dips in the afternoon. I always feel this mostly after having lunch (between 1pm-4pm). Most of us start feeling a little sleepy and lose focus. A quick nap can get us back to speed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends napping of 20-30 minutes for improved alertness and performance. For example, taking a small nap before driving may prevent a drowsy driving crash. Most call centers in India work on night shift. Napping before nightshift combined with bit of caffeine can help a person to stay alert in his/her work.
Nap can act as a mini vacation
All of us need vacation in our daily lives to rejuvenate and be more productive at work. Likewise napping can act as a mini vacation to make us feel rejuvenated during the day. This makes people more effective at work place.
Nap reduces heart disease
A mid-day nap can reduce the risk of heart disease. A Harvard study revealed that naps helps to prevent coronary mortality.
Nap can make you more productive
The secret of becoming more productive is managing your energy. Various studies have shown that workers become more productive during the morning hours. However, as the day wears on people’s productivity decreases. Therefore, a short power nap can make you more productive.
There is a perception that people who sleep during the day are lazy. Therefore, most people tend to avoid napping during the day. People often equate long working hours with more productivity which isn’t true. I think there is a need to change this perception.
Inspite of the good effects napping may not be great option for everyone. Naps can leave people with inertia of sleep which is considered bad in work environments. A very long nap may also adversely affect the quality of night time sleep.
In order to have a pleasant and fruitful nap here are some practices.
Nap at the same time every day : This helps improve circadian rhythms and maximize sleep benefits.
Nap for a short time: Short time naps are more effective.
Nap in a dark room: Dim light is great for your sleep. Therefore, napping in a dark room is efficient. I regularly used to nap during my productive days at my workplace.