Power Naps Increase Health And Productivity

What are they?

Power naps are basically short naps taken for the purpose of improving your health. Sleeping this way is not meant to replace regular sleep. But it can be a supplement to normal sleep. Getting extra sleep can have many benefits for those that can take advantage. What are the benefits?

  • Increased brain power
  • Increased productivity
  • Improves cell repair and heart function
  • Improves hormone balance and moods
  • Improves energy level
  • Improves memory
  • Helps motivate to exercise more
  • Boosts creativity

Should everyone sleep like this?

Most people can benefit from the extra sleep. Anyone that suffers from sleep deficit is a prime candidate. Those that have some type of sleep disorder should probably not get into the habit of taking naps. If you suffer from insomnia for example you already have trouble sleeping at night. Therefore it wouldn't be much benefit for you to try to sleep at another time of day.

How long should you sleep?

The most effective thing to do is to sleep no longer than 20 to 30 minutes. If you sleep longer you run the risk of not being able to sleep during your normal sleep cycle.

When Should You sleep?

You can sleep in the morning or just after lunch. Many would benefit from sleeping between 2P.M. and 4P.M.

Sleeping Tips:

  • Sleep from 5-30 minutes
  • Set your alarm
  • sleep in the morning or early afternoon
  • Find a clean, comfortable room where you won't be disturbed
  • Eat calcium and protein rich foods about 1 hour before sleep

  • One final tip would be to take caffeine just before you sleep. While this may seem counter intuitive; research says that caffeine can actually make naps more beneficial. It actually takes about 45 minutes for it to take effect in your system.When you wake up you'll have more energy and be more productive.

    Not everyone can take advantage of sleeping this way because of their daily schedule. But if you have a fairly flexible lifestyle, you could consider taking power naps.

    Return From Power Naps To Senior Fitness


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