Napping Can Help Your Health
To the non-nappers out there, napping, at first, may seem counter-productive. I mean, sleeping during the day? Really? Don’t discredit it just yet. There are several kinds of naps you may need to take depending on your circumstances.
Types of Naps
Recovery Nap: It was a busy night, and you pulled an all-nighter. Sleep deprivation can leave you drowsy the next day. Now, you can either get high on coffee or drugs (unsustainable) or, take the safer route and have a recovery nap.
Prophylactic Nap: This is a planned nap. If you’re anticipating a loss of sleep, you should take one. Night shift workers often schedule naps beforehand or during the middle of their shifts to avoid sleepiness and stay alert while working.
Appetitive Nap: These are for nap-lovers. Appetitive naps are taken simply for enjoyment. Nappers find it incredibly relaxing and experience an improved mood and higher energy levels.
Fulfillment Nap: It’s a common fact that children need more sleep than adults. Sometimes, children wake up earlier than they’re supposed to or tire themselves out too quickly. Fulfillment naps are meant to, well, fulfill these sleep gaps and replenish energy.
Essential Nap: These are restorative naps for when you’re sick. We require more sleep because our immune system uses extra energy to fight infection.
The optimal duration a nap should be taken for is about 30 minutes. Anything less is too short for any restorative benefits and anything longer causes sleep inertia, which is the feeling of grogginess up to an hour after your irregularly long nap.
Benefits of Napping
Research has shown that our sleep impacts our memory storage and processing. An appetitive nap keeps you from forgetting things like motor skills, sensory perception, and verbal recall, too. You can remember things learned earlier in the day to the same degree a full night’s sleep can with a nap!
Feeling down and drowsy? Try lifting your spirits through a trusty old nap. Experts say relaxation that comes from lying down and resting is a mood booster, whether you fall asleep or not.
Better Sleep at Night
Ironic, isn’t it? You would think that a nap would take away from your night’s rest. Funnily, this is not the case. In fact, taking a nap between 1 and 3 PM combined with moderate exercise helps improve night-time sleep
Tired drivers are responsible for hundreds of thousands of car accidents every year. Sleepy drivers will fall asleep o the wheel and their sensory capabilities are hindered. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that drowsy drivers at least take a 20-minute nap.
Hopefully, after reading, you’ve become a master at napping. You’re familiar with the different types and the benefits. Start sleepin’!