I don’t know about you, but I, OFTEN, find myself dozing off around 2pm. The morning coffee is waring off, I’ve been plugging away at my computer since 8:30am, and my lunch is making me sleepy.
According to Dr. Sara Mednick, a psychologist at the University of California, and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life, she say “naps are good for most people.”
Her research shows a nap—defined as daytime sleeping that lasts between 20 and 90 minutes—can improve brain functions ranging from memory to focus and creativity.
“For some people, naps are as restorative as a whole night of sleep,” she adds. More research shows a quick nap can lower stress and recharge your willpower.
Not to mention, you just feel great after.
A break from all the demands a break from the screen, a moment to shut-off during the mayhem…. sounds like a sure win to me.
There’s a huge group of people who insist napping is a huge waste of time.
So instead about 40% of the population often reach for energy drinks, caffeine or other stimulants that perk them up but don’t recharge their cognitive batteries the way a short, healthy snooze would.
Want to give it a try?
If you’re a first time day napper, the trick is to keep your daytime shuteye very short—no more than 15 minutes at first.
This will prevent your brain and body from slipping into the deeper levels of slumber that leave you feeling foggy upon waking.
The last thing you want to do is disrupt your normal daily circadium rythm, our inner biological clock that keeps us on an awake schedule during the day and asleep at night.
So, if you’re feeling sleepy. Go for it!
That’s exactly why we have a murphy bed!