Health Benefits of Napping

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By Cosmopolitan/Evelyne Wareh

Naps appear bad especially when they happen at work.

Research suggests that kind of thinking is completely old-fashioned. Extra sleep can help boost your memory, reduce stress, and enhance your sex life, research suggests. The following stand as healthy benefits of nap:

  • Napping Kills Stress

Part of the reason a nap can get you smiling might be related to relaxation. The sheer luxury of escaping for a nap can be a great stress-reliever, even if you don’t sleep for long and as long as you don’t let the stigma against napping get to you.

  • A nap restores alertness.

You know how your energy dips in the early afternoon? You start feeling a little sleepy and lose focus. It happens to most of us. A quick nap can bring us back up to speed.

  • A nap prevents burnout.

In our always-on culture, we go, go, go. However, we were not meant to race without rest. Doing so leads to stress, frustration, and burnout.

Taking a nap is like a system reboot. It relieves stress and gives you a fresh start.

  • A nap heightens sensory perception.

Napping can restore the sensitivity of sight, hearing, and taste.

Napping also improves your creativity by relaxing your mind and allowing new associations to form in it.

  • A nap reduces the risk of heart disease.

Did you know those who take a midday siesta at least three times a week are 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease?

“Taking a nap could turn out to be an important weapon in the fight against coronary mortality,”

  • A nap makes you more productive.

To become more productive is not managing your time; it’s managing your energy. Numerous studies have shown workers becoming increasingly unproductive as the day wears on.

 

 

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