15 things that happen to your body when you take a nap every day: Our everyday life is divided into two parts – sleeping and being awake. The statistics show that 85% of all mammals (including humans) belong to the group that also sleeps and naps during the day, which are short-lived.
Humans are perhaps the only species of mammal that does not get enough of the recommended 8 hours of nocturnal sleep, and that’s over 40% of humans. Taking a nap will not solve our sleep deprivation problems, but it will definitely help us become more productive in everyday life and keep our energy levels in balance.
Naps are divided into 3 categories: Emergency, habit and preparation.
Emergency sleep is when you come home exhausted and just fall asleep without realizing it. However, this is no way to a sound sleep.
Habitual nap is when you teach your body to rest at the same time every day, for example every day for 40 minutes at 4 pm.
Preparatory nap are nap in which we prepare our body to rest before we expose it to a long time without sleep, such as when we travel and we are the drivers.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends 20-30 minute naps for increased performance and alertness. Any sleep between 30-60 minutes will put us in sleep inertia or give us the feeling of being groggy after we wake up.
Benefits of short nap
1. One is happier
In a period of 20-30 minutes, people feel rested, charged and happy when they wake up. After 30 minutes, this feeling has disappeared.
2. You can overcome the midday low
Our circadian cycle feels at 15 o’clock a low. – an evolutionary hiccup. Napping is an efficient way to overcome this midday low, according to Harvard University.
3. You make fewer mistakes
Keeping naps improves alertness, work performance, concentration, reduces errors and prevents accidents.
4. You get better results
In a NASA study, the pilots and astronauts who slept for 40 minutes had a significant improvement in their performance and alertness: 34% and 100%.
5. You get a memory boost
Researchers at the University of Saarland in Germany found that napping improves memory by 500% over a 45-60 minute period. Attention, students!
6. One is more creative
Researchers show that the right side of the brain, in which creativity takes place, actively communicates with itself.
7. The heart is healthier
A research study by the Harvard School of Public Health and Athens Medical University shows that people who take 30 minutes nap are at over 37% less likely to develop heart disease.
8. You eat less junk food
According to a study by UC Berkeley, sleep deprivation affects the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making and provides the impetus. Which leads to making the decision to want more junk food.
9. It makes you feel fuller
When you sleep, the body produces less of the starvation hormone ghrelin. Another study shows a link between sleep deprivation, excess of ghrelin and obesity. Researchers suggest that regular naps can increase satiety.
10. One argues less
People with a lack of sleep tend to be more sensitive and discuss more compared to those who get their full sleep.
11. Reduce the risk of injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most people who had suffered a car accident or similar had been deprived of sleep.
12. One is more productive
Cornell University psychologist, James Mass, created the endurance “power nap,” which he believes is a practice that relates to overall and business productivity. How so? Because the results have shown that naps lead to improved productivity and performance.
13. You defend yourself against burnout
According to the National Health Institute (NIH), naps help prevent information overload and brain burnout. The NIH also found a direct link between nap and improved cognitive performance.
Nike and Deloitte Consulting reward employees for adding a nap to their to-do lists. Nike, Deloitte and others recognize that today’s employees get less sleep as they work more. “Powering through” work by giving up rest and working longer hours. “That’s not good for the individual or the organization,” says UNC Behavioral Professor Michael Christian.
15. One has a better judgment