The Secret (and Surprising) Power of Naps
Need to recharge? Don’t lean on caffeine — a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and…
Need to recharge? Don’t lean on caffeine — a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level.
Naps help Constance Kobylarz Wilde, 58, recharge, especially if she takes them right after lunch. Wilde, a marketing manager and health blogger in Mountain View, Calif., is constantly juggling her schedule as a working mom and family caregiver. She’s up by 6 a.m. every day and tries to go to bed by 10:30 p.m. But unanticipated issues often push her bedtime later.
“I can’t do all-nighters anymore or just get six hours of sleep without it beginning to affect me,” she says.
So to combat fatigue and stay on top of things at work and at home, Wilde has made power naps a regular part of her routine, setting an alarm for a short snooze.
What you can do during the day It may seem silly to think about falling asleep during the day, but if you’re as annoyed by insomnia as I am — not to mention the exhaustion it can cause the next day — it’s worth giving a bit of thought.
While small children typically take naps in the afternoon, our culture generally frowns upon mid-day sleep; however, even in those who get enough sleep (but particularly in those who don’t), many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, about 8 hours after waking. And research shows that you can make yourself more […]
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