Power Nap Benefits: Boost Focus, Memory and More

Woman Sleeping for Power Nap
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When feeling your energy draining or overwhelmed by stress is the perfect time to consider the benefits of a power nap. Unlike regular sleep, catching about 15 to 20 minutes over longer amounts of time can rejuvenate the body as well as the mind. In this post, I’ll discuss why you may want to start considering making a short nap a part of your lifestyle.

Benefits of a Power Nap

  • Boosts Calmness and Focus: Power naps can help reduce stress and improve your ability to concentrate.
  • Enhances Learning and Memory: A short nap of 30 to 90 minutes can make it easier to learn new things and retain information for better cognitive performance.
  • Improves Reaction Time: Napping can sharpen reflexes and reaction times.
  • Promotes Overall Health: Studies suggest power napping may even benefit your sex drive and general well-being.

    With all that this napping has to offer, it is safe to assume that you want to find more ways to fit it in without disrupting all that you still have to do. Being said, the best plan of action is to eliminate chances of any noise that could interfere with your rest. Therefore, turn off the potential noise makers such as the television, radio, CD player and phone as well as gadgets that can buzz, beep or ding to easily cause you to stir.

    Since it is not always possible from your location to lie on a bed or couch, you need to find the most comfortable chair like a recliner or a spot on the floor to stretch out. If you’re at work, you might want to stash a small pillow in your office or just roll up a sweater or jacket to temporarily use to rest your head. The main thing is want to rest without waking up with pain from a stiff neck or sore muscles.

    If your schedule allows it, extending the napping to an hour can revive you. It also can give you more creativity in how those few extra minutes can improve cognitive functioning during that deeper state of sleep. However, you need to be careful because sleeping beyond that sweet spot of 15 to 20 minutes during the day and extending it to 30 to 50 minutes can do the opposite. It can leave you feeling disoriented.

    In order to get the most benefits out of a power nap, you also need to do it in daytime. After all, as more hours of the day pass, the more tired that you’ll become to accidentally drift in a state of deeper sleep.

    You may think that power napping is just for the elderly or the very young, but it can be a useful tool to better your life and get more from a stressed, average day in what it can do for you brain, mood and physical well-being.

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