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Need A Pick Me Up? This Is Why A Nap Is Your Best Friend!

April 28, 2015

Need A Pick Me Up? This Is Why A Nap Is Your Best Friend!

Remember when you were a kid and nap times were compulsory? Good times! While we might still associate nap times with childhood, more and more evidence is emerging that nap time is more than just a great break from world, but that it is also several amazing benefits that will not only blow your mind, but also send you racing for a midday snooze.

1. Memory

A quick nap is more than just a relaxing a peaceful way to get some shut eye, it is also a great way to improve your memory. Studies are showing that after a twenty minute nap cognitive memory is increased. However don’t get carried away with the snooze as if the nap extends longer than half an hour, you’ll wake up feeling groggy and have difficulty focusing.

2. Alertness

It kind of goes without saying that a nap gives you a boost of energy. But even something as short as a twenty minute nap is being shown to have drastic effects when it comes to improving your alertness. Studies haven’t yet shown what the perfect length of a nap is, with suggestions of anything between 20 and 40 minutes, while others suggest that even a short shut eye of only 10 minutes can at least make you feel more refreshed.

3. Creativity

How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night and had the most amazing idea ever or the perfect solution that had been bugging you all day? Turns out that a nap can offer you the same effect. This sudden creativity has been linked to higher activity in your brain’s right hemisphere. This hemisphere is linked to creativity and a combination of this brain activity and REM sleep means that a quick nap could be answer to all your problems.

4. Stress

Stressed about business and work? Nap on it. Not only are naps super for getting a little bit of energy back for solving all those business problems, they are also a great way to reduce stress. While naps are great for creativity, they also help your brain to process information. So the next time that you are feeling like you are overloaded with information at work, shut your eyes for a few minutes and send your brain on a vacation from your problems. Just check with the boss first!

5. Health

While reducing stress definitely has significant health benefits, naps can also help to lower your blood pressure and help your heart. And all those other benefits you get from sleep? With a nap you get a handy 20 minute version!

A bonus effect? It turns out that not only are you more creative, but that your senses are all heightened. Not to the Daredevil level, but enough that things will probably taste and smell better while your body and mind is at post nap peak.

Do you take a midday siesta at work? Where and how do you catch your 40 winks?

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