We know that naps are helpful for children. A bad mood, overt drowsiness, and a need for reset can all be mitigated through the simple grace of some shut eye. But what we don’t often talk about is how many of those same issues are still present in adulthood and can still, indeed, be helped via a nap. As we age, naps can continue to play an important role in our wellness through their myriad benefits.
The brain needs rest in order to digest and store information. While it gets rest in the evenings, that often means there is a higher retention rate for things you experience later in the day. A midday nap can therefore help the brain to assimilate knowledge, skills, and observations from earlier in the day.
We all know how sluggish we can feel by the work day’s end. A purposeful break of any kind (lunch, exercise, etc) can help keep up motivation and general with-it-ness at work, but a nap can serve that same purpose. Even a 20 minute power nap can help you to feel more energized as your day closes.
Research shows that intentional rest (that is, phone away, TV off, actual rest) can boost a person’s mood even if they don’t actually fall asleep in the process. This is a great thing to keep in mind to avoid putting pressure on yourself to fall asleep. Let your “nap” time be completely pressure free, and it will likely be much more effective.
..IF you are careful to keep your naps short and sweet. 2 hour naps can leave a person feeling groggy and sluggish. 30 minute naps, on the other hand, can leave a person refreshed and energized. The exact number of minutes in your perfect nap simply needs to be explored.
While we might feel tempted to go for a coffee or some other such boost, a nap can be the healthier choice. Although a nap isn’t always as doable as a cup of coffee, it’s worth considering all the above benefits when deciding between drinking caffeine or taking a snooze.
Studies have shown that people who nap tend to have lower blood pressure, which of course means lower risk of many ailments. Additionally, a decrease in stress not only benefits the body but your experience of life in general.
All in all, napping can be an incredibly nourishing routine. Consider working one into your schedule to see what impact it might have.
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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