Time is money. Perhaps that’s why humans are the only animals that try to get all their sleep in one long stretch.
People with pets know that cats and dogs, for example, take several naps a day. Maybe this explains why we often envy them… wouldn’t it be great if we could lie down for a few minutes after lunch every day? But we humans can also make power naps a part of our daily routine.
Here are 7 reasons why you should try to squeeze in a short power nap:
- Tired people tend to eat fatty, unhealthy foods: sufficient sleep can help you lose weight.
- Taking a nap can increase your ability to concentrate and help you remember things better.
- You are more productive after a power nap.
- Adequate sleep also helps you maintain your youthful glow.
- Napping lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
- A power nap improves your mood! (Inadequate sleep can make you grouchy.)
- A short break in the form of a nap helps you to relax and reduces your stress level.
How long is the perfect power nap?
A power nap should last no longer than 20 minutes. If you sleep longer, you will enter deep sleep (and that is exactly what you want to avoid). The best thing is to set an alarm.
The right way to power nap
How you nap is important, but also how you wake up. Here are several tips for your next siesta:
- Choose the right time: A nap at midday or in early afternoon can give you a boost of energy. A late-afternoon snooze, on the other hand, can disrupt your nightly sleep…