The Benefits of Napping
Our schedules tend to be jam packed with work, school, and everything in between, but if you can carve out ten to thirty minutes for a nap, you may feel a boost in your mental and physical well-being. There are many benefits to taking a nap including improved cardiovascular health and healthy weight management.
Think about a 10 minute cat nap to stave off the mid afternoon slump rather than reaching for the sugary drink! If you can manage it, take a nap between one and three pm and keep it under forty-five minutes to avoid grogginess. The key here is that you want a quick rest, not a full REM cycle! A ten minute nap can enhance your mood and increase alertness. A twenty minute nap can revitalize and sharpen your senses and a thirty minute nap improves memory and physical health. Naps have been shown to have a host of health benefits, no wonder it was our favorite activity during pre-school!