“When you can’t figure out what to do, it’s time for a nap.”
― Mason Cooley
80% of mammalian species are said to be polyphasic sleepers which means they sleep for some time during the day. We are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, our days are divided into two parts, one for sleep and one for staying awaken and doing things like work, study and others. While it may be like this but a good night’s sleep might not be enough for many of us. We get tired easily and then we rely on caffeine for staying awake and active that is not very healthy, there is a healthier way for reloading wakefulness and that is ‘taking a nap’.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.”
― Charles M. Schulz
Here are the reasons why one must take a NAP.
Makes you more productive:
“The secret to becoming more productive is not managing your time but your energy.” – Michael Hyatt
A number of studies have demonstrated that workers become very unproductive as they work for continuously work, take yourself in account. A Harvard University Study shows that a 30 minute nap increase the performance and capabilities of workers and fix their level of energy as it was at the start of the day.
Best way to get through the day:
8-9 hours of work are more than enough to make anyone tired, dull and sleepy. And then no task look like achievable and napping just gives you a small break that refills your energy level, wakes up your mind and makes you ready to DO MORE.
“Surely, anyway, a working day of eight or nine hours which is not split by a nap is simply too much for a human being to take, day in, day out, and particularly so in hot weather.” – Tom Hodgkinson
Deals with Mood swings:
Do get moody and irritable during the day time while working. The reason is you need to take a break and refresh yourself. A nap can deal very effectively with the mood swings. “I can get moody sometimes when I wake up after a nap – I’m like a four-year-old.” –Ed Westwick
Better than Caffeine and alcohol:
The majority of workers and students as well rely on caffeine containing beverages and others use alcohol for staying up and stress free, while that is the most unhealthy way to do so. You can simply get relaxed and alert by taking a short nap of 10-20 minutes or more.
“There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.” – Ovid
Stimulates sensory perception:
As indicated by Dr. Sara C. Mednick, “napping can restore the sensitivity of sight, hearing, and taste.”
It shows that napping is not only a way to refresh yourself it also helps improving your creativity by unwinding your mind.
A nap reduces the risk of heart disease
The fact is the people who took a nap at least 3 times in a week had 37% less chances to die from the coronary diseases. The men who work are 64% less prone to heart diseases. (Reference: Study published in Archives of international Medicine. 2007)
“Taking a nap could turn out to be an important weapon in the fight against coronary mortality,” said Dimitrios Trichopoulos of the Harvard School of Public Health