Friday October 2, 2015
Napping. It's what you used to do when you would doze off during class, or what you feel like doing some days when the spreadsheets at work start looking fuzzy. But is napping really good for you? You spend almost a third of your life asleep. Do you actually need more rest outside of your usual bedtime? Well, it turns out that napping may have real benefits that work to improve your health and even decrease your risk of heart disease.
BREAK TIME? HOW ABOUT NAP TIME
Naps are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to feel revived and boost your productivity during the day. Whether you’re at home or at the office, a quick cat-nap can help boost your energy and provide long lasting health benefits as well.
A recent study conducted in Athens, Greece, found that both men and women who took midday naps had lower blood pressure after their naps and during their routine nightly sleep. Finding the time to squeeze a nap into a busy schedule may be difficult, but the study also shows that naps can significantly decrease the rate of heart attacks and heart disease. Longer naps of up to an hour will provide the best results and can ultimately help reduce cardiovascular events by up to 10%.
SET ASIDE THE COFFEE CUPS
When you feel tired during the day or need an energy boost, your first inclination may be to grab another cup of coffee or a caffeine supplement. However, you may want to set aside your mug and fluff up your pillow.
Long siestas might seem like a luxury, but a study conducted by the University of Michigan has shed new light on the matter by comparing the productivity and emotional faculties of nappers versus non-nappers in a work environment.
Who won? Nappers proved more willing to solve problems and complete tasks and were overall less impulsive in decision making. So, next time a co-worker catches you nodding off in your car at lunchtime, let them know you’re looking out for your health and trying to stay productive!
MAXIMIZE YOUR NAP
Setting up the perfect nap environment at work might not be the easiest thing to do, but when you nap at home, make sure you have the right mattress to get comfortable. The last thing you want to do is wake up from a nap feeling sore because your mattress isn’t providing the support you need. Check out our mattress guide to find the right type of mattress to maximize your nap.