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Find Out Why Afternoon Naps Are Not a Sign of Laziness But of Health


Why some people need short naps throughout the day?

So far, taking afternoon naps have been considered as a sign of a health problem. In fact, afternoon naps are highly recommended, especially if you are physically active every day.

The National Sleep Foundation stated that a nap which lasts 20-30 minute increases the energy levels and it is a good way to recover your body. We all need some rest at this period of the day, as our energy levels are very low in the afternoon compared to our energy in the morning.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are three types of napping.

Let’s find out the details:

Planned naps

You take the nap every day even when you are not tired.

Emergency naps 

You take a nap as you suddenly feel a drop in your energy. You are not feeling able to stay awake.

Habitual naps

You take a nap every day at the same time.

Researchers have concluded that every person needs to follow their internal clock. Keeping your body’s daily cycle is very important. Your internal clock determines your hormone balance, body temperature, metabolism, and sleep-wake cycle.

How to get a perfect nap?

  • Don’t nap for too long. Make sure you set the alarm before you take a nap. It shouldn’t be longer than 30 minutes.
  • Your room should be clean, quiet and dark so you won’t be disturbed.
  • Choose a comfortable bed.
  • Always use a blanket.
  • Add honey and lemon to a glass of water. Drink this mixture before and after the nap.

Maintain a healthy balance between your body and mind by waking up at the same time every morning. If possible, go for a walk every morning.

Here is another interesting discovery

NASA conducted research which involved military pilots and astronauts. It was concluded that a 40-minute daily nap improves your mental performance and brain power by 34%. Moreover, it can improve your focus and attentiveness by 100%.

We hope you find this article useful.

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