Benefits of Having a Nap

It can be seen that enough night sleep is very healthy. However, this mission seems to be very difficult for those who often work long hours or work at night like doctors, nurses, safeguards, and etc. Therefore, taking a nap is considered as a highly pleasurable experience and the best way to fight sleepiness, improve work performance, overcome the late day grogginess and reduce accidents. Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Einstein, Leonardo De Vinci and John F. Kennedy are outstanding mirrors of nap-takers. Some studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning. These are five major benefits of having a nap.


You are advised to take at least 20-minute nap


Protect your heart

Having a nap may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, particularly in young healthy men. A six-year Greek study with the participation of 23,681 men and women aged between 20 and 86 found that those who took a 30-minute nap at least three times a week have a 37% lower risk of heart-related death.


Taking a nap helps protect your heart


Decrease stress

Having a nap in the middle of the day may help people to feel relaxed and reduce stress.


People will get better and energize their work after a short nap


Make you smarter

A new study by researchers at Harvard University shows that taking a 60-90 minute nap can improve learning similar to that of nighttime sleep. Furthermore, the result is doubled if people can combine nighttime sleep with taking a nap.


Taking a nap is beneficial to your brain


Reduce drowsy driving crashes

Most people are aware that driving while sleepy is extremely dangerous, so getting a full night’s sleep and taking a short nap (about 20 minutes) before driving is the ideal idea helping reduce risks of having a drowsy driving crash.


Drowsy driving causes thousands of car accidents every year


Enhance working performance

A valuable experiment, in which researchers instructed NASA pilots to take short naps when possible during long flight operations, found that the napping pilots have a 34% boost in performance and a 54% boost in alertness compared to long haul pilots who did not nap.


Nap-takers often have good work performance






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