Almost two years ago, my life changed as I transitioned from working night shift to the 2nd shift. My sleeping has improved and it feels good to have the entire weekend with my family. It doesn’t matter what shift I’m working, there’s nothing like a good nap. During the Christmas break, I was getting in a nap almost every day. My nap times came around late in the evening and it kept me up most of the night. Ever since I was a teenager, I love to clean up in the middle of the night. My daughters have adopted that pattern as they pretty much does the same also. Either way, none of that is possible without taking a nap. Many people don’t realize it, but taking naps are good for you. Below are 8 Health Benefits from Taking a Nap.
Helps With Your Memory
Many people don’t realize that taking a nap is great for the memory. Studies have shown that sleep plays an important role in storing memories. A nap can help you remember things learned earlier in the day as much as a full night’s sleep. Taking naps works to keep you from forgetting things like motor skills, sense perception, and verbal recall, too. My wife has always said this is something I’ve used over the years, but the studies don’t lie.
Improves Your Mood
I’ll be the first to say that my mood is a little on the cranky side when I’m tired. Napping, or even just resting for an hour without falling asleep, can brighten your outlook. Experts say relaxation that comes from lying down and resting is a mood booster, whether you fall asleep or not. After gathering my thoughts after the nap I’m a much different person.
Helps Make You More Alert
If you start to feel a bit sleepy right after lunch, you’re not alone. The post-lunch struggle is real. A 20-minute nap can help you battle heavy eyelids. There have been many nights that my lunch break was to take a nap. Trust me; there were times it felt I wouldn’t make it the entire night. There were nights I’d take a 20-to-30 minute nap and it worked wonders.
Helps You Avoid Caffeine
Many people turn to caffeine whenever they’re tired. If you’re feeling tired but have work or studying to get done, you may be better off taking a nap than sipping a coffee. Compared to caffeine, napping can bring better memory and learning. I’ve actually take a CBD Energy Shot instead of regular coffee.
Help Get Through the Night
When my kids were younger I’d work 12-hour night shifts on as little as two hours of sleep. During my hour lunch, those power naps were as good as regular sleep. If you know you won’t get much sleep for a night or two (due to travel, for example) you’re better off preparing with a nap ahead of time than powering through with caffeine. If you have to resort to caffeine, drinking small amounts often is better than one large cup of joe.
We all deal with some sort of stress in our lives. While many turn to things to hurt their body, but a nap is a better option. If you’re under a lot of pressure, a nap can release stress and improve your immune health. Experts believe that a 30-minute nap can do the trick.
Good for Your Heart
A nap can even help your ticker. A study found that people who napped for 45 to 60 minutes had lower blood pressure after going through mental stress. So a nap can help your body recover from pressure-filled situations.
Get the Creative Juices Rolling
Being someone that has been blogging for over 10 years, you can’t come up with nothing. Seeing I’m working a full-time job also there are times that I’m too tired to come up with something. REM sleep, which typically starts 70 to 90 minutes after you fall asleep, activates parts of your brain associated with imagery and dreaming. A nap with REM sleep can help you combine ideas in new ways to come up with answers.