When it comes to daytime naps, we often tend to associate them with people who are lazy or people who have too much time on their hands. Furthermore, when someone falls asleep on work we tend to make fun of them, however, did you know that in Japan when someone falls asleep at work they are considered to be a hard worker and naps are even encouraged?
The problem is that in our culture the whole idea of getting a short daytime nap is understood in a wrong manner. Experts say that daytime naps give us much more than just a quick energy boost – naps help us improve our health and increase productivity and intelligence at the same time. Experts say that daytime naps are especially effective if you don’t get enough sleep at night.
There are lots of famous people that were known as nappers throughout the history. People like Napoleon, Churchill, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison and JFK were all known for their daytime naps.
Even though our modern lifestyle is keeping us from getting enough sleep, experts claim that it is in our biology to get a daytime nap. However, because of our fast-paced lives, our bodies simply suppress that feeling.
The length of the nap is very important when it comes to determining exact benefits. Experts say that a 20-minute long nap in the second part of the day will help you feel energetic and alert just as you were in the first part of the day. Furthermore, this 20-minute nap can help you boost your overall alertness and motor learning skills. The great thing about it is that it will not interfere with your nighttime sleep.
How many times it happened to you that you woke up with a solution to some problem that was difficult for you? Experts claim that a slow-wave sleep or nap that last from 30 to 60 minutes is known to improve sharpen decision-making skills and improve working memory. Working memory is a part of the brain that it is used when you work on difficult and complex tasks, that require you to focus on only one thing, while holding lots of different things in your memory.
Having a longer nap – from 60 to 90 minutes will help the brain make new connections, which should help you improve your creativity and the ability to solve problems. According to sleep scientists, longer naps improve creativity by simply loosening the already formed web of ideas in your head and later fusing different ideas together. Furthermore, scientists say that this kind of nap can increase the perception of your sensors just as effectively as a night of sleep. What this basically means that all your sensors will be more powerful – your food will taste better, the colors and lighting should be improved and your sense of smell should be sharper. The nap of the same length can have a big impact on your mood – because it produces a feeling of content and well-being.