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What Can Naps Do For You?

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It is the best pick-me –up around and could make all the difference in your efficiency, health and your overall disposition.

Ever felt an overpowering wave of fatigue and stress wash over you? Well, there is no need to let this feeling overwhelm you. All you need is a 20 minute power nap, and you will feel refreshed, rejuvenated and re-energised to tackle your household chores and attend to the needs of your young ones.

So What Exactly, Can A 20 Minute Nap Do For You?

For starters, if you are prone to get tensed up easily, a 20 minute nap can easily dissolve all that pent-up frustration. As some say, ‘no day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap’. Indeed, experts have revealed that napping can help people to relax and reduce their stress levels, subsequently elevating their moods. So instead of pulling a long face and getting all moody in front of your child, why not catch a few winks to get rid of that rotten feeling? After all, your child must agree that a less grouchy parent will certainly make a better parent!

For those who let your mind wander easily and find it hard to be productive, a short nap could also do the trick. Naps are found to boost alertness and efficiency.  A study done by NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts showed that a 26 minute nap improved performance by 34 percent and overall alertness by 54 percent. So if you want to be on the ball all day long, drop the idea of walking about with those droopy eyelids and take a nap instead. Trust us; you will be far more productive working without a groggy head.

Finally, for the health conscious, napping is definitely a good supplement to take. Researchers found that those who took naps of any frequency and duration had a 34 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who did not take midday naps. In addition, another study also concluded that simply knowing a nap was coming was enough to lower blood pressure. Keeping yourself at the pink of health sure never sounded so easy breezy!

The Best Nap Ever
To get the best out of your siesta, consider having them in mid-afternoons, around 2pm to 3pm, as it is the time of day when you may experience post-lunch sleepiness or a lower level of alertness. Naps taken in this period are also less likely to interfere with night time sleep.

All in all, a nap can go a long way in keeping you happy, healthy and alert, allowing you to maintain your optimum performance around the clock. In exchange, all you have to do is fork out 20 minutes of your time, which is a really good deal, isn’t it?

Besides, nappers also enjoy good company: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, and George W. Bush are known to have valued an afternoon nap. So the next time you think naps are just for lazy bums, think again! Catching a few winks may just do you some good!

How often do you take naps? Share with us your thoughts down below.