This is a subject that we all talk about often. I myself never seem to get enough and of course when I do I’m so rested and energized. I read that a short nap is recommended for short term alertness and improved performance. Then it says never nap late in the day (4pm) because it can affect your night time sleep. Naps are beneficial because they reduce mistakes, accidents and it has psychological benefits & it is an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation. Also naps prevent burn out, heightens sensory perception and reduces risk of heart disease and you become more productive.
The reason a lot of people don’t nap is because of the stigma that comes with it. If you nap your considered to be lazy, have lack of ambition and that it’s only for the sick and elderly or kids. I say taking a nap is important because it reverses information overload that you get through the day so go ahead and nap. Just remember if you do just don’t get caught by the boss.
There are several different types of Naps:
Planned/ Preparatory Napping- taking a nap before you actually get sleepy.
Emergency Napping- this type of nap is used to combat drowsiness and fatigue.
Habitual Napping- when you nap at the same time every day.
These are how long you should nap
15-20 minutes, 20-30 minutes, half hour but an hour long nap should not be done unless you didn’t get enough sleep during the night.
The sleep environment can greatly impact your ability to fall asleep so always make sure the environment is quiet but sometimes that may not be possible if not then try to listen to soft music to drown out the noise and use a blanket.
Here is a tidbit for you to remember your body takes 30 minutes to drop into deeper stages of sleep.
Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but at a neurognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap.