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Why Naps Are Not Only For Kids

A complete difference in your health, overall disposition and efficiency — you’ll be surprised what naps can do.

Feeling a wave of ever-present fatigue and stress wash over you? All you need is a 20 minute power nap! You may be rolling your eyes or laughing at this idea right now but trust us, it’ll only leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed after it.

So what exactly, can a 20 minute nap for you?

For starters, a 20-minute nap can easily dissolve pent-up frustration. As some say, ’no day is so bad that it can’t be fixed with a nap’. 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 kids, why not catch a few winks to get rid of that rotten feeling? A happy parent will certainly make a better parent!

For those who 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 also showed that a 26 minute nap improved performance by 34 per cent and overall alertness by 54 per cent. Being able to improve your productivity at work by taking a nap? Yes, please!

Naps are also ideal for the health conscious. Researches found that there’s a 34 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease in those who take midday naps as compared to those who don’t. That’s not all — do you know even the knowledge of getting a nap soon helps to lower blood pressure? Staying healthy is unimaginably simple!

To get the best out of your siesta, consider having one in mid-afternoons, around 2pm to 3pm since it’s the time of the day most prone to the midday drowsy or post-lunch sleepiness. It’s also most unlikely to interfere with night time sleep.

Therefore, drop the idea of taking midday naps as being lazy bums. Its abundance of benefits goes a long way in keeping you in a good state of health and helps maintain optimum performance level. Of course, try to keep it to the desired 20 minutes and not let that lazy bug kick in!

Originally published in “Go Take A Nap!”, written by Tan Yen Jee, in Singapore’s Child January 2012.