It’s a few minutes after lunchtime. You stare at your computer screen, trying to read and comprehend all the letters and words and figures. Suddenly, everything becomes woozy and blurry, you feel your eyes are getting heavy, and your head seems to want to fall off. You want a nap.
Of course, it’s not always as simple as can be. In the comfort of your home, you can take a nap all you want. But when in the office, school, or in a meeting, there are certain factors to consider. For one, there are your work tasks waiting for you to take on them one by one. In school, there’s that big exam or paper that you need to stay awake for – even if the dullness of the library practically commands you to doze off. And even if you’re in an office that allows a few minutes of afternoon siesta, it’s a bit uncomfortable sleeping in a public place.
The truth is, most people want to take a nap or a bit of sleep in the afternoon. It maybe that lunch meal we loved a little too much, the lack of proper sleep last night, or simply exhaustion with all the morning tasks. Well, if you’re one nap lover, do you know that there are actually benefits to it aside from the lovely pleasure of sleep and rest? For one, it can actually enhance alertness and mental performance. According to Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs, research shows that after a good nap and the grogginess of waking up as you adjust again to the world, people tend to have an increase in performance and in mood. Here’s even better news: according to a research in the University of Haifa, a ninety-minute daytime nap can do wonders for long-term memory. Get a more detailed explanation here.
Nevertheless, as with anything else, there are certain rules or shall we say “guidelines” to follow, and it’s not just about napping anytime of the day. For instance, one of the tips that Tim Rosanelli gave is to do it eight hours after you wake up in the morning to make sure you still sleep properly come nighttime. I think a big factor really is discipline. Sometimes it’s very tempting to indulge in two or three hour naps, but then doing so decreases our work hours and we may find ourselves staying up late in the night just to finish everything.
Still, the good news is napping is beneficial, and that we have the choice to schedule it in the best way that it will benefit us. 😉
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