Why You Need To Take A Nap Today
Written by: Kavata Kithome
I remember when in kindergarten, I considered naptime as cruel and unusual punishment. I just wanted to see and be in everything. Now that I am older, however, I consistently beg for just 20 minutes of shut eye during the day.
If only I could be transported back to those times when naptimes were readily available and while I am not interested in being 6 years old again, I would gladly and eagerly accept the moments of naptime that came with being that age.
I am always interested in optimum health. While optimum health is generally 20% fitness and 80% nutrition, I find that taking time to rest is just as important.
We all know that sleep is imperative to great health, but some have to burn the candle from both ends; it is easy to neglect sleep when you are so busy with work, school, working out, family and all the other things that you are responsible for. You may have also heard the saying “sleep when you are dead.” It almost seems like sleep is frowned upon in today’s society, which is just silly!
While on my transformation, what has truly resonated is that sleep is important. This is why I advocate napping and taking breaks as an essential part of a transformation process. A short nap can improve mood, alertness, performance and much more.
There are 3 classifications for naps:
1. Planned Napping (called preparatory napping) involves taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. You may use this technique when your time awake is going to be longer and it helps ward off getting tired earlier.
2. Emergency Napping occurs when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity that you were originally engaged in. This type of nap can be used to combat drowsy driving or fatigue while using heavy or dangerous machinery.
3. Habitual Napping is practiced when a person takes a nap the same time every day. Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day.
The benefits of napping include:
- Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study of NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by 100%.
- Naps can increase focus in the period directly following the nap and may extend your focus for a few hours longer in the day.
- Scheduled napping has also been prescribed for those who are affected by narcolepsy.
- Napping also has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation.
Regardless of what people may say, the next time you are feeling a bit tired, just try taking a nap and see how productive you can be with a small boost and recharge. It could be just what you have been needing!
Do you take naps during the day? How does it help? Let us know in the comments below!
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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