Benefiting From Afternoon Naps - 7 Points
Do you think you can use a nap in the afternoon? Here are seven points to consider.
- Memory Boost - Taking a nap for just 20 minutes will boost your memory. More than that will simply make you groggy. The power nap will improve cognitive alertness in vigilance and memory.
- Blood Pressure - The Journal of Applied Physiology reports that 37% reduction in coronary mortality is associated with taking naps. In a study, those who napped showed a decrease in experiencing coronary disease.
- Nerves - The University of Berkeley conducted a study where the participants took a nap for 90 minutes to show that sleeping promotes calmness. Participants were more likely to be upset later in the day unless they had taken the nap when they were showed faces that expressed anger, fear and happiness at noon, and then again at 6:00 p.m.. Those who had slept and experienced REM during their sleep didn't display any anger.
- Alertness - NASA conducted a 40 minute sleep study on their astronauts. The results were a 34% increase in improved performance and 100% increase in alertness. Taking a nap before a long drive proves to be beneficial in alertness and helps avoid drowsy driving resulting in less collisions.
- Creativity - Taking a nap in the day will improve creative thinking, boost cognitive processing, improve memory recall and sharpen your clarity.
- Willpower - A nap can and will reduce stress, improve mood, and restore focus. Sleep deprivation breaks your focus and distractions easily receive your attention, thus you are divided and start multi tasking only to crash and burn. Sleeping will help bring back the balance you need to focus on one task at a time and complete them.
- Sleeping Instead of Caffeine - REM sleep is where your complex learning and perceptual skills come into play. If you sleep between 60 - 90 minutes, it equals an intake of 200mg of caffeine. Although this sleeping pattern may seem to make you groggy, it actually improves declarative verbal memory, procedural motor skills, and perceptual learning.
The next time you insist on having that caffeine rush, stop instead and take a cat nap.
Notation: This is my own researched information and is not derived from any direct article source. © Libby Baez
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