A nap has many benefits, but getting it right is key to its effectiveness.
Rebecca Robbins, Ph.D. and sleep expert revealed the benefits of naps and gave tips on how to get the most out of midday snooze.
Robbins noted that research has shown that there is a biological predisposition to daytime sleep. In the afternoon, people are often sleepy and may fall asleep.
Daytime sleep has many benefits: it invigorates, increases productivity, and activates short-term memory. However, it should not replace a full night’s sleep.
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The ideal period for a short nap is from 2 pm to 4 pm, when the body temperature drops. And the optimal duration is 10-20 minutes.
“Napping for less than ten minutes can’t guarantee you the stimulating effects of napping, and snoozing for 30 minutes or more may send you into that deep sleep zone, making it harder for you to wake up,” the expert said.
Robbins recommends making a short day’s rest a habit. To be of maximum benefit, it should be regular and held in a specific location.
Dr. Robbins also warns that the one group who shouldn’t nap are those experiencing insomnia.
“These individuals would be much better served not napping, and building their ‘sleep pressure,’ or urge for nighttime slumber so that when their bedtime comes around they are optimally tired and stand the best chance of getting nighttime sleep.”
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