• Emma Buryd

Taking Naps Can Save Your Life

When we were children we were forced to take them, now that we are adults we associate them with laziness.

Have you ever wondered why naps are so necessary for the beginning but as we grow up we just stop taking them? Adult life, man...

In fact, we are the only mammals that adhere to a fixed sleep schedule. Everyone else sleeps at different lengths of time. Our ancestors did the same, but this ended with the arrival of the workday.

Taking a nap is very beneficial, and more than that: it is a necessity for our body. We have associated it with being unproductive, but it is the best way to have energy and stay efficient during the day.

Benefits of taking a nap

This list could be immense, as the proven benefits are many. From your mental health, your physical health, your sleep schedule, your performance at work, and much more.

And all that just with a little sleep after lunch?

Sounds like a deal!

1. Prevents heart disease

Sleep problems highly promote heart disease and even diabetes. This is because more cortisol is produced when we sleep less, which increases the fat in our bodies.

When we sleep, less cortisol is produced. So the risks of suffering from heart disease decrease considerably.

2. Relieves stress

A group of students underwent a study at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Those who napped regularly were shown to maintain lower blood pressure under stressful situations.

In addition, these recovered faster than those who don't usually take naps. At the end of each test, they expressed feeling more agitated than their counterparts.

3. Promotes learning

Sleep has been proven to be an essential piece of learning new things.

When we sleep, the information retained is established in our memory. If a person doesn't get enough sleep, their ability to learn is compromised. In addition, it improves the ability to concentrate on tasks.

Napping has a huge impact on school and work.

4. Encourage creativity and problem solving

Harvard and Georgetown Universities have conducted various studies on napping.

Among them, sleep was shown to help develop the right hemisphere of the brain, which is responsible for creativity.

On the other hand, having a healthy sleep schedule stimulates the speed of the synapse, the communication between neurons. This makes us better trouble solvers.

5. Regulates moods

Sleeping accelerates the production of Serotonin, a hormone that controls moods. So people who take naps are less irritable, impulsive, and regulate their emotions with greater happiness.

6. Helps control appetite

Serotonin not only controls your moods, but it is also essential to control your appetite.

Many people who show poor appetite or unbalanced eating habits often have trouble sleeping.

How much should I take a nap?

We know that sometimes sleeping in the middle of the day can be risky. You set the alarm for an hour and wake up 3 hours later disoriented.

Experts suggest that it is best to sleep between 30 and 45 minutes for a restful sleep.

In this way, your circadian cycle adjusts to being able to rest and sleep normally at night.

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