Napping is a common daily ritual both in Asia and Europe, but few North Americans risk napping during the day. Sleep deprivation can really impair your health so you may want to change your habits and incorporate a little 10-15 minute snooze after lunch.
Sleep experts have determined that daytime naps can improve alertness, perception, stamina, motor skills, and accuracy, while reducing stress, boosting creativity and memory, and enhancing mood. A Greek study of over 23,000 men showed that participants who napped three times a week had a 37 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who didn’t nap.
The benefits are undeniable so set your alarm for a specific amount of time you want to sleep, say 10-15-minutes. (More than that may tend to make you feel groggy.) Choose a time of day if possible when your energy levels are lowest and try to locate yourself in a darker place if possible. Experiment with what works best for you and you will resume your day with much more vigor and energy than ever before!