Napping is not just for toddlers or the elderly. Research shows a nap—defined as daytime sleeping that lasts between 15 and 90 minutes—can improve brain functions ranging from memory to focus and increased creativity.
According to Dr. Sara Mednick, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. “For some people, naps are as restorative as a whole night of sleep.” She adds that research shows a quick nap (10 to 20 minutes) can lower stress and recharge your willpower.
If you are not using napping to catch up on sleep that you didn’t get during the night or don’t have an underlying condition that napping is a symptom for, then a nap can help recharge your battery.
Benefits of napping for healthy adults:
- Reduced fatigue.
- Increased alertness.
- Improved mood.
- Regenerate skin cells so you look younger.
- Increase your sex drive.
- Help you lose weight by altering metabolism and shifting chemicals that affect appetite.
- Reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problem.
- Improved performance, including quicker reaction time and better memory.
Companies such as Apple and Google allow their workers to take a nap during the day before continuing their work. Other companies are taking advantage of the napping craze and selling “Napping Pods” to allow workers privacy and maximum comfort when taking a nap.