Have you ever found yourself snoozing away midday and awakening with an overflow of guilt? There is no reason to be guilty. The secret of being more productive is about managing your energy and that is what a day nap does for you. Take a minute and look into the science behind naps.
Napping has many psychological benefits. It can turn out to be a luxury escapade offering rejuvenation and relaxation. You snooze, you cruise!
There are different types of napping:
- The preparatory manner: This involves taking that nap before you get sleepy. You can use this method when you know you might be up much later than your usual bedtime.
- Emergency napping: This is when you suddenly get a bout of tiredness and just cannot continue with activities you are currently engaging with. This can counter driving in a state of fatigue or safety when handling dangerous machinery
- Habitual napping: happens at the same time of the day, every day. In some cases just after a lunch break.
For short-term alertness, 20-30 minutes is recommended. This type of nap provides significant benefit in the form of improved alertness and better performance without interfering with nighttime schedules or causing grogginess.
A nap is like rebooting your system .You let go of stress and awaken to a fresh start, 60-minute naps may work better for cognitive memory. A nap will heighten sensory perceptions. According to the Take a Nap, Change Your Life, by DR Sara C. Mednick, napping restores sight, taste and hearing. It improves creativity by relaxing the mind.