Good News About Napping by Andrew Weil, M.D.

  • Napping
  • 1K
All subjects were all healthy in midlife and had a series of health exams and cognitive assessments to check for dementia. The researchers defined naps as occurring after lunch and lasting from as little as five consecutive minutes of sleep to no more than two hours. The participants reported napping as seldom as once a week to as often as every day. Of the 2,214 participants, 1,534 reported taking a regular afternoon nap. The investigators reported that regular napping was associated with better working memory, verbal fluency and locational awareness. They also wrote that in addition to reducing sleepiness, mid-day naps “offer a variety of benefits such as memory consolidation, preparation for subsequent learning, executive functioning enhancement and a boot to emotional stability”. But they noted that these effects were not seen in all cases.

My take? As you may know, I’m an enthusiastic supporter of napping. We’ve long known that it boosts alertness and productivity. The National Sleep Foundation reports that dozing off for 20 to 30 minutes is the ideal amount of time to sharpen your alertness. Longer naps can leave you feeling groggy and can interfere with sleep at night, although sleep experts say that an hour-long nap can help your memory for facts, places and faces, and a 90-minute nap has been found to boost creativity.

Source:
Han Cai et al, “Relationship between afternoon napping and cognitive function in the ageing Chinese population.” General Psychiatry, January 25, 2021. DOI: 10.1136/gpsych-2020-100361

This content was originally published here.

Rate

0 out of 5 stars(0 ratings)

Nap Desk Lets You Sleep in the Office When Things Get Too Stressful

Studio NL Every now and again, things get so overwhelming that simply stopping and taking a nap seems like the only logical move.  This feeling can often occur at work but, unfortunately, taking a quick snooze at your desk isn’t generally considered acceptable; at least, probably not from your boss’ point of view. However, Greek […]

Read more

Napping More Often Can Boost Heart and Brain Health, Reduce Stress and Much More

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); It’s about time that naps were taken more seriously. It’s no lie that in a modern society, many of us are sleep deprived, so much so that power naps may actually be of benefit to us all. Napping could so effective that it may help boost our brains, improving problem […]

Read more
woman sleeping on brown armchair

The 5 Types of Napping You Need to Know

The site Memolition recently published several infographics that highlight the many various types of Napping. They claim to have defined 5 different types, each of them varying in time spent asleep. It’s interesting to see there’s a Nano-nap that lasts for less than a minute at 10 to 20 seconds. I’m sure we’ve all experienced […]

Read more

Share Great Content for Our Resource Section

About

Napping.com provides the latest news, information and expert articles related to sleep, sleep research, napping and better health and wellness. We welcome visitors to share useful resources for our Editorial Team.

Have a suggestion? Send us an email at: contact@napping.com

Navigation

Suggest Content

Napping.com