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Health Benefits of Napping: How To Nap

In the last post, we discussed the health benefits of regular sleep; unfortunately getting a full night’s sleep is not always possible despite your best efforts – sleep disorders or other sleep problems can crop up even . In that case, a rejuvenating nap is called for – it can even replace that extra cup of coffee or caffeinated drink. Granted, a nap cannot completely replace a solid night’s sleep, but it can keep you alert and improve your mood and productivity.

Not everyone has an easy time napping, and many people claim they lack the ability to nap. They wake up groggy and feeling more exhausted than they did before they tried to nap, or they simply can’t fall asleep in the middle of the day. Furthermore, there is an optimal amount of time to nap – any longer than 25 minutes to a half hour and you’ll actually be doing yourself and your energy level a disservice.

In addition to increasing productivity, napping can help reduce stress and improve your memory and learning capability – not only will you be more attuned to discovering new information, you will be able to start mentally processing anything you did before the nap. What’s more, you will be able concentrate more fully on the task(s) at hand and you’ll be more coordinated, improving your performance level – whether you are at work or engaging in an evening workout. Clearly, napping is good for your mental and physical health.

For those individuals who have difficulty napping, finding a relatively quiet, dark place to rest is essential, as well as having a blanket if necessary – it is tough to fall asleep when you are chilly. And of course, listening to the Speed Sleep track meant for a 25 minute power nap doesn’t hurt either.

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