I Had No Idea Napping Could Do THIS To My Body. Thank God I Know!

Cats know it. Babies know it. So why don’t we know it?

Going all day and pushing yourself to the brink of exhaustion is sometimes a necessity, but there are other times when catching some midday shut-eye is actually in your best interest. We’re talking about napping, of course!

Benefit #1: Sharpens Cognitive Functions

 

And just as sleep affects learning and information retaining abilities, so do naps.

Taking a 60 to 90-minute nap has been shown to boost mental performance for up to 24 hours afterwards.

Benefit #2: Improves Heart Health

A study at Harvard showed that people who nap regularly are less likely to have heart health issues later in life.

Napping makes up for a lack of sleep that can wreak havoc on heart health that, unfortunately, a lot of us experience.

So what’s a regular nap? At least three times a week, for at least 30 minutes.

Benefit #3: Reduces Stress And Anxiety

Being tired causes stress, which makes you even more tired. But napping can reverse that, soothing you right at the peak time of stress.

A study in 2012 showed that three stress hormones spiked when their participants didn’t nap, causing more health-damaging stress.

This is especially important for men to note, since they’re more likely to have stress-related health issues than women.
Benefit #4: Fights Food Cravings


When you’re tired and craving energy, it makes sense that you’d want something to eat.

But that’s also a great way to eat a lot more junk food than you mean to, which can lead to its own set of problems.

Napping is an alternative to snacking in that it boosts energy and stops you from thinking about food — because you’re asleep! Just a 10 to 15 minute nap can get rid of a craving.

Benefit #5: Improves Physical Performance

Napping seems like the opposite of working out, but in fact, studies show that athletes who take short naps perform better on the field, improving their motor reaction skills and speed.

Tips For A Better Nap
Tip #1: Set A Timer

Depending on your needs, a nap can range from five to 45 minutes, but it seems most people don’t like a 30-minute nap.

Experiment with different times until you find one that makes you feel best.

A timer will also help you get up on time to finish your day.

Depending on your needs, a nap can range from five to 45 minutes, but it seems most people don’t like a 30-minute nap.

Experiment with different times until you find one that makes you feel best.

A timer will also help you get up on time to finish your day.

Tip #2: Nap In The Afternoon

The early afternoon seems to be the best time to nap.

It’s about the midway point in the day, and it’s usually after you’ve had something to eat.

Napping too late in the afternoon can mess up your night’s sleep, and napping too early might not get you to last the rest of the day.

Tip #3: Choose Optimal Conditions

The best place to take a nap is in a cool, dim area. It shouldn’t be too dark or you’ll fall into a deep sleep.

It’s also easier to sleep in a place that’s slightly cooler, using a blanket to keep out too much chill.

It’s also a good idea to keep your head elevated, like on the arm of a couch.

Tip #4: Have Nap Accessories

Yes, naps need accessories, too.

You’ll need your cell phone or a timer to set your alarm, a cup of coffee or tea to drink before the nap, and a sleep mask if you’re napping in a bright area. You can also grab a pencil.

Set your timer and drink your coffee or tea. The caffeine will kick in after you wake up and you’ll be ready to go.

Some people also nap with a pencil between their fingers. Your fingers will slowly relax, and you’ll wake when the pencil hits the floor.

Tip #5: Get Plenty of Sleep

Source : Littlethings.com