Why is napping good for you?
Increased Alertness: It’ll be easier to pay attention during your staff meeting -- or while driving your forklift -- if you can avoid nodding off or spacing out.
Attitude Adjustment: After a nap, you’ll be less impulsive and better able to deal with frustration -- in other words, you’ll be in a better mood. Napping kills the crankiness.
Improved Memory: When your computer crashes, you lose data. But when you crash on the couch for a while, it actually helps your memory. A nap can make it easier to recall facts learned earlier that day.
A Creative Mindset: You need sleep to learn new skills and to be creative (that’s when your brain can finally process the info you’ve stuffed into it). The good news is: a long nap can be similar to a night’s sleep to get you inspired.
Cash Saver: You probably know that energy drinks and too much coffee aren’t good for you and aren’t as good for your brain as a nap5, but have you calculated how much money you’d save by replacing costly trips to the cafe with free naps?
How to Nap Smart
Maybe you’ve decided that napping sounds like a plan. If you’re going to give napping a try, do it right. It’s not as simple as nodding off any time you feel an inkling to yawn.
When: Mid-afternoon is best (around 3 PM). Don’t nap too late in the day, or you’ll be wide awake at night and spoil your bedtime routine.
Where: Find a cool, quiet place to doze. Maybe your car during a break, if you don’t want the boss to catch you snoozing.
How Long: You don’t want to wake up in the middle of deep sleep or you’ll be even groggier than when you started. For a short nap, keep it to 20 minutes.
Note: If you still plan on supplementing your nap with a cup of coffee, drink it before you nod off. It takes time for caffeine to activate, and it will likely kick in right as you wake up from a short snooze.
By The American Heart Association
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