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We have all been there – it’s the middle of the day and our eyes feel so heavy that we simply can’t hold them open anymore. We are trying to fight this powerful feeling until it takes complete control over our bodies. Then we say to ourselves “I will close my eyes just for a second” and we wake up an hour or two later, completely refreshed!
If this happens to you often, don’t worry! Science has proven that naps can have a positive effect on our health. In fact, naps can help us decrease our chances of developing dementia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome. They can also give us the much-needed boost to be able to “survive” the rest of the day with higher levels of energy.
The best time and length of naps
According to studies, the best time for a nap during the day is between 1 pm (for early birds) and 3 pm (for night owls). The length may vary depending on what you need from the nap. For example, only a 10 to 20-minute nap can help you boost alertness. This so-called power nap can be a lifesaver, especially if there are deadlines involved.
On the other hand, a 60-minute nap can boost cognitive memory processing and help you be more productive while preparing for an exam or finishing a work assignment. In other words, by closing your eyes for only 60 minutes, you will save countless hours of trying and failing to focus on the task at hand.
And last but not least, a 90-minute nap can boost creativity, as well as the emotional and procedural memory. This can be very helpful for artists, when learning new skills, or when you simply feel the need for an emotional recharge.
The bottom line
As you can see, naps can be your hidden superpower! They can be the difference between passing and failing an exam, or finishing the work assignment on time and missing the deadline… Next time when you feel that your eyes are getting a little bit heavy, don’t reach out for the daily dose of caffeine. Instead, give in to this feeling and wake up completely refreshed and ready to take over the world!
If you want to learn more surprising and eye-opening stats and facts about sleep, make sure you check out this infographic, too!