Naps are Healthy for you. According to the National Sleep Foundation more than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. NSF explains that Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that humans’ days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Since napping is a very important aspect of many cultures, it is thought that this monophasic sleep pattern may not be natural to humans either. Babies and Elderly People instinctively lean towards napping during the day.
Napping Hack Facts
- Naps as short as 2, 10, or even 20 minutes can be all you need to get the mental benefits of sleep, without risking grogginess.
- A 60-minute nap improves alertness for 10 hours, although with naps over 45 minutes you risk what’s known as “sleep inertia,” that groggy feeling that may last for half an hour or more.
- NASA discovered that just a 26-minute nap increases performance by 34% and alertness by 54%. Pilots take advantage of NASA naps while planes are on autopilot.
- Drink a cup of coffee right before taking your 20-minute or half-hour nap, which is precisely how long caffeine takes to kick in. When you wake up, you’re ready to go.
- Napping improves your alertness, help your decision-making, creativity, and sensory perception.
- Research shows that women who sleep five hours at night are 32% more likely to experience major weight gain than those sleeping seven hours. A two-hour nap, if possible, is a good way to make up for at least some lost night sleep.
- In ancient Rome, everyone, including children, retreated for a 2 or 3-hour nap after lunch. In many cultures this is still practice to this day.
- If you are concerned about sleeping too long, do what Albert Einstein did: hold a pencil while you’re drifting off, so when you fall asleep, the pencil dropping will wake you up. This is called Einstein’s Method of Napping.
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