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Napping Can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More

in Health, Video April 6, 2017

A quick power nap is exactly what you may be needing. We should be allowed naps through school and not just in kindergarten when you really think about it.

Napping is healthy, it is normal and can benefit us greatly. While lots of people see things like napping as a sign of laziness it is everything but. If you go through life without napping you will notice that as time passes by your alertness and focus degrades. This is because your body is not able to keep up with you.

You don’t need a four-hour nap, twenty minutes will work wonders. Did you know there were a few companies that allow their workers to actually take a quick nap after lunch? It’s true, Apple and Google are two of those companies.

Studies have shown that short naps are able to improve awareness as well as productivity. According to a study coming from the University of Colorado Boulder children who did not partake in an afternoon nap did not show as much joy as those who did. The children who did not nap were more anxious, less likely to be able to show problem-solving skills, and all around less focused than those who did. This goes for adults as well, it was found by researchers from Berkeley that adults who nap daily have a better memory function.

How Long Should You Nap?

Experts say a 10 to 20 minute “power nap” is best for refreshing your mind and increasing energy and alertness. The sleep isn’t as deep as longer naps, which allows you to get right back at your day upon waking. A 30-minute nap can lead to 30 minutes of grogginess, as you are often waking just as your body enters the deeper stages of sleep. You’ll experience some of that same fogginess if you sleep for an hour, but 60 minute naps are good for memory boosting. The longest naps—around 90 minutes—are good for those people who just don’t get enough sleep at night. It’s a complete sleep cycle and can improve emotional memory and creativity.

Napping is something that gives our brains time to reboot. Naps are good for our physical and mental health if you have time you should try napping. It will benefit you in great ways. Getting a twenty-minute nap and a good night’s sleep will leave you functioning in the best way possible. For more information on napping and how it can benefit you please take the time to watch the video below.