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Why you Should Really Take that Power Nap

Why you Should Really Take that Power Nap

Key Takeaways

  • Power naps can help to make you more alert and active.

Power naps help you to improve your memory, concentration, and creativity. Making this a part of the regular routine helps to combat fatigue and be active throughout the rest of the day.

A short nap of 15 to 20 minutes will help you to recharge, and keep you alert and active. This is really helpful in boosting the energy levels. A 20-minute power nap is good for alertness and motor learning skills. If the nap extends beyond 20 minutes, it increases creativity and improves memory. Power naps that last for 30 to 60 minutes is good for decision-making skills. A nap that is helpful in solving creative problems and making new connections in the brain is a longer nap called the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is for 60 to 90 minutes.

Taking a nap is much better than a cup of coffee, as caffeine can decrease memory. Even if one feels stimulated, an individual is prone to mistakes after that cup. Regular napping can reduce stress and lower the risk of heart disease, according to a study conducted by the researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and University of Athens Medical School in Greece.

To get the best out of power naps, follow these simple tips:

  • Have a short nap for 30 minutes so that you are fully recharged
  • Have a nap in a dark room, blocking the light helps to fall asleep faster
  • Stay warm while you take the nap