If you love to take naps and are constantly told off for them, here is a scientific reason for you to refute your indulgent little breaks with. Taking a 30 to 45 minutes snooze a day can help a person perform activities more energetically!
Researchers have been working on finding the various benefits of mid-day naps to the human body. It was revealed by American scientists that a 45-minutes nap can help keep the blood pressure at a normal level. They further told said,
“WHEN A PERSON SLEEPS DURING DAY, HIS/HER HEART REMAINS HEALTHY. SLEEPING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY CAN BE ADVANTAGEOUS, INCASE OF POOR SLEEP THE EARLIER NIGHT.”
There have been many studies on this particular matter and another research, which was carried out by the Greeks 6 years ago, showed that those who slept for 30 minutes during the day thrice in a week had better cardiac health than those who didn’t. The former had a 37% lesser chance of dying due to heart disease.
University of California revealed in its study that a 90-minute nap can help the brain work more efficiently. A test was performed where some people were allowed to sleep while others were not. The ones who fell asleep did well in subsequent tests because of better brain activity than others.
It is also said that pilots who take naps for at least 26 minutes during the flight, while their co-pilots fly, perform better by 34% and are 54% more vigilant.
Analysts have also explained the length of naps that is beneficial and why. According to German Scientists, a 6-minute nap is more than enough for efficient activity of the brain. It is enough to create space in brain for new facts. A 20-minute sleep can slow the pulse rate and is helpful in improving a person’s mood as well as their concentration.
Doctor Narina Ramlakhan, of London’s Capio Nightingale hospital says, “It is not important to sleep. If you lie down, it is also enough to relax the body. A 20 minutes sleep is equivalent to the calmness a body gets after doing yoga.”
She further added that 40-minute naps are great for those who don’t get a good night’s sleep during the night. A 40-minute nap would mean the body is going through REM sleep, which is helpful in clearing the brain of stress. It also keeps the immune system stronger.
If the person sleeps more than 40 minutes, they can move into an even deeper sleep. A 90 minutes siesta is considered best for those who were deprived of sleeping at night. They can fulfill a whole sleep cycle which fixes the body. Experts have also explained the best time for taking naps. All those who sleep early and wake up early must take a nap between 1 to 3 pm and all those who stay awake all night and sleep at dawn may take a nap at 2:30pm.
So feel free to take naps during the day now, as long as you know it is what your body needs!