Naps are a very beneficial tool that you can add to your life but not everyone is willing to do so. Some people think taking a nap is a sign of laziness even though, that’s not the case.
If you are someone who seemingly has to take a nap each afternoon, even just for a short period don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. The things we do throughout our daily lives can and will take a lot out of us. Sometimes we will need to sit back and give ourselves a few moments of shut-eye and that’s fine.
As someone who loves to take naps and wakes feeling quite refreshed after doing-so, I look into the subject from time to time. Recently I came across a survey/study that helped me realize just how beneficial my napping habit was. This study/survey actually found that napping could help us as overworked individuals improve our productivity on a day-to-day basis.
For this survey, researchers commissioned by the mattress company Mattress Nerd examined the napping habits and personality traits that nappers and non-nappers tended to have. This through surveying about 2 thousand people here in the US. It seems that through this they were able to note that getting some sleep during the afternoon/middle of the day can be quite helpful.
People who napped seemed to be much better off than those who did not nap. In comparison to those who did not nap it seems nappers are more productive, career-driven, and have a healthier work-life balance. While that might seem surprising, it is quite clear that napping isn’t as bad as some people assume it is.
In regards to the benefits of napping Mattress Nerd wrote as follows:
Some people say a nap is exactly what they need to feel refreshed and ready to go on with their days. Others argue that a nap makes them more groggy and ready to go back to bed.
Our survey showed that overall naps are making more people feel good than groggy. The top reported post-nap feelings were relaxed, happy, and energized!
Nappers experiencing these positive emotions likely keep their naps around 15 minutes during the day. Otherwise, those feelings of happiness, energy, and relaxation could quickly turn into sleep inertia, causing confusion, grogginess, and disorientation, according to this study.
If you’re struggling to get through the day and have things as you want them to be perhaps napping might be worth giving a go. We are in society these days quite exhausted. We wake up far earlier than we should and end up going to bed far later than we should. As a result, this creates an environment through which we kind of need naps.
That all having been said if you want napping to work for you keeping these naps between 20 and 30 minutes is imperative for proper function. Napping too long can make it hard for you to get a good night’s sleep. Are you someone who takes naps in the afternoon and if not would you consider doing-so after reading this?