A quick nap in some cultures is considered to be a sign of laziness, while in other cultures, like in Japan, it is viewed as a sign of dedication to work. Whatever your beliefs, we have all experienced that taking a power nap is refreshing and boosts our mental agility, and even science recommends doing it.
To help you decide how much time you must spend napping and what the associated benefits are, We present to you a quick guide to napping.
10-20 minutes: For a quick boost of alertness
According to experts, a power nap of 10-20 minutes gives you the best bang for your buck. It is ideal for boosting alertness and increasing energy levels. The short duration of a power nap is designed to prevent nappers from entering deep sleep. This enables hitting the ground running, after just waking up.
But as we all know, coming out of sleep after getting the sweet taste of it is difficult, so it’s recommended to perform it sitting slightly upright. Also, taking it after lunch, at around 3 or 4 PM, will help to stave off cravings for junk food and reduce the stress hormones that cause the body to hold on to weight, thereby aiding weight loss.
30 minutes: To say goodbye to fatigue
While taking a 30 minute nap might make it even more difficult to come out of it, the benefits that it presents are worthy of the pain. This short nap has been shown to improve memory functioning, reduce stress, increase focus, lower the risk of diabetes, and prevent dementia. Experts say that you will be doing more good for yourself by indulging in a 30 minute nap at mid-day, since the body and brain, after being awake for 7-8 hours, need to be rejuvenated.