5 Reasons You Should Nap More
Leonardo da Vinci. Albert Einstein. Thomas Edison. Eleanor Roosevelt. Winston Churchill. Presidents Johnson, Reagan, and Kennedy. What do they all have in common besides being successful leaders? They appreciated a good nap.
#1 A nap restores alertness. A quick nap can bring you back from that mid-afternoon slump many of us experience. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a short nap of 20-30 minutes (not longer than that!) “for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with night time sleep.”
#2 A nap prevents burnout. In today’s world, everyone is constantly moving and rushing to their next job or destination. Taking a nap allows you to slow down and refresh your mind and body. Research shows that those who nap have greater emotional resilience and improved cognitive function — and we could all use some more of that.
#3 A nap increases sensory perception. Dr. Sara C. Mednick, author of Take a Nap, Change Your Life, states that napping can restore your sensitivity of sight, hearing, and taste. It also improves your creativity by allowing your mind to relax.
#4 A nap reduces the risk of heart disease. People who take a midday nap at least 3x a week are 37% less likely to die of heart disease. Working men are 64% less likely. Seriously.
#5 A nap increases production. Several research studies show that workers become increasingly unproductive as the day goes on. You’ve probably noticed that around 3:00pm you zone out a little more often, are tempted to check Instagram, or even have the urge to go catch some Pokemon instead of finishing up that spreadsheet… But a Harvard University study showed that a 30 minute nap boosted work performance, returning worker’s productivity to beginning-of-the-day levels.