As a proud card-carrying member of the Power Nap Club, I can testify about the rejuvenating properties of a 15-30 minute nap on a regular basis. That is one of the biggest benefits of napping—it doesn’t take long. In fact, sources stipulate that it shouldn’t.
Naps that take longer than 30 minutes can put you into a deeper sleep, and that will result in grogginess, vs. alertness. Also, taking a nap too late in the afternoon, say after 4 PM can also impede your nighttime sleep patterns.
Naps are increasing workforce productivity. Many companies now are allowing employees to nap in their offices, cars or even are supplying “nap rooms” on-site to address this growing productivity trend.
As long as people train themselves to take no more than 30 minutes, early in the afternoon, the power of a nap can really kick in.
Check out the resources listed below for detailed rationale points behind each of the benefits noted. Science has backed the ancient tradition of taking a break during the day for your health.
While technology has moved our world forward in so many ways, the cultures of the ancients still have much to teach us. Is anyone yawning yet? Must be time for a snooze…. So, get your ZZZZ’s in!