Sleep is crucial for our overall health, boosts creativity and the thinking capacity. And there are town and areas around the world that deliberately shut down entirely so that people can reboot by taking a short nap.
Numerous huge companies, such as Apple and Google, allow their workers to take a nap before continuing their work. It has been scientifically confirmed that naps boost productivity, performance, and focus.
Naps are highly beneficial, and they are normal and important part of the circadian (sleep-wake cycle) rhythm. Throughout the day, our energy levels, concentration, and focus vary. And naps can help you recharge and boost your energy levels.
According to the findings of a study conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder, children who skipped their napping time have increased risks of health issues such as anxiety, problem-solving skills, and reduced joy and interest.
This is also true for adults. Some researchers with Berkeley discovered that adults who practice napping more often strengthen their memory function and learning skills. Napping affects the brain positively and allows it to reboot and refresh.
How long should a nap last?
As experts claim, a proper nap should last 10 to 20 minutes after which the brain will be regenerated and its function will be improved significantly. Naps are shorter and lighter than sleep itself so avoid expanding your nap to more than 20 minutes since you might feel blurry or groggy afterwards.
This is also true for a sleep that lasts an hour- the body starts to sink into serious sleep so if you break it you will feel more tired than before.
However, longest naps are around 90 minutes and are intended for individuals that cannot sleep well or enough through the night.
The sleeping process affects the body favorably and lets it improve its creativity and thinking capacity. So, nap as much as possible and stay on point at all times. Of course, be mindful not to disrupt you regular night sleep.