Nap lovers rejoice! According to a recent study conducted for the Edinburgh International Science Festival, people who nap for fewer than 30 minutes enjoy an improved sense of well-being.
Not to mention that if you do enjoy an occasional (or even daily) nap, you’re in outstanding company. Famous nappers you might know, or at least have heard of, include:
One caveat to the story is that the “happiness” benefits tend to be reserved for those who routinely indulge in short naps rather than those who take long naps. The study reveals that 66 percent of people who regularly nap for less than 30 minutes report feeling happy compared to only 56 percent of those who nap for lengthier amounts of time.
Long nappers, people napping more than 30 minutes on average, report feeling less happiness when compared to people who do not nap at all. So, keep that in mind when planning whether napping is the right move for you and how long you plan to sleep.
The anecdotal benefits of napping have been well-documented over millennia (dating all the way back to Aristotle). It is only recently, though, that we’ve begun to study the scientific and psychological benefits napping represents for humans.
Whether you’ve had a sleepless night the night before, or simply need to recharge at some point during the day, short naps can be the secret to success and happiness in life. They can also be essential tools for building better health.
These are just a few of the benefits regular, short naps offer:
You should note, though, that excessive daytime napping is associated with a few potential health issues. This includes things like higher levels of C-reactive proteins which are consistent with systemic inflammation, known to cause a variety of health concerns, including:
Another concern, related to excessive daytime napping, is that it may interfere with your ability to sleep at night. The problem with that is that you might fail to achieve the deeper sleep through which the body repairs itself.
There are essentially three distinct types of naps. Each one offers specific benefits, though getting into the habit of a regularly scheduled, short nap offers the best possible benefit. The three types are:
Now that you know more about the benefits of napping and the types of naps, let’s go over the do’s and don’ts of napping. There are a few things you can do to maximize your nap, and a few things you should avoid, so your nap has the best possible effect on your overall health and happiness.
Do the following things to make your nap a powerhouse for you and your day.
If maximum impact is your goal, you’ll certainly want to keep these things in mind while napping.
When you follow the do’s and don’ts listed above, you will enjoy greater benefits from your nap. Napping can be your ultimate secret for success if you go about it the right way.
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