Surprise! You Can Get More Done if You Take a Quick Nap
It might surprise you to know that taking a catnap during the day is actually a good idea.
Daytime rest has been shown to improve health, mood, efficiency and even job satisfaction.
Sleep experts say that naps are not just physically restorative, but also good for perception, motor skills, information retention, reaction time and alertness.
There is plenty of medical evidence to back up these assertions.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, confirmed that napping can improve the brain’s ability to retain information, especially after sleep deprivation.
A study done at the University of Haifa in Israel showed that naps helped accelerate long-term memory consolidation.
James Maas, a sleep expert and social psychologist, who coined the term “power nap,” points out that napping has long-term benefits too.
Regular napping can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and heart attacks.
The best time for a catnap is between 1 and 3 p.m., or about eight hours after waking. Often at this time, the body feels drowsy and craves a rest.
The ideal length for a workplace nap is about 15 to 30 minutes. If longer, you may fall into a deeper stage of sleep and wake up feeling loopy.
Also, longer naps can make it difficult to fall asleep at night.
Employers are realizing that sleep is an important pillar of workplace well-being and productivity.
Exhaustion, overwork and stress can lead to negligent mistakes, low morale and high absenteeism.
Some progressive organizations, such as Google, even provide napping pods and renewal rooms for employees.