What to do when you haven’t slept enough or well? Everyone knows it – have a cup of coffee and you’re good for a while. However, what most people don’t realize is that there is a much better, longer-lasting solution to this – napping.
Besides making you feel more rested, a short nap can also:
- Improve your mood
- Boost your memory
- Reduce stress
- Increase alertness
1. Recharges You
Let’s start from the beginning. A short nap, just a 20-minute-siesta, can recharge you and make you feel well-rested. And this is even if you haven’t slept enough (say, you had an all-nighter, studying, partying or doing whatever).
2. Boosts Your Memory
A nap can improve your memory as well as your learning capabilities. In fact, napping can help you learn things faster if you know how to use it right – one study has found that napping after learning something new makes your memory of that information five times better!
3. Increases Alertness
If you’re feeling tired and sluggish – nap for a while. Napping increases alertness dramatically. In fact, it has been shown that a 20-minute nap is just as effective as 200 mg of caffeine. If you break your day with a nap, you’ll increase your alertness and energy levels.
4. Improves Mood
When we’re sleep deprived we tend to be cranky and have less self-control. A short nap can erase a sleep-deprived irritability and improve your mood.
5. Reduces stress
Feeling over-stressed? Sneak in a nap. Studies show that napping reduces stress and its effects on our mind and body. Here is how to reduce chronic stress and improve your health: have a nap every day between 1 pm and 3 pm or after you had a lunch. Regular, short naps can beat stress in no time.