Benefits of Afternoon Naps
-Article shared from HTS Monthly Newsletter, December 2022
Daytime napping is common across many cultures and age groups. Did you know taking a short daily nap can boost your mood, energy, and memory? In fact, napping has many proven health benefits.
Benefits of Napping:
- Reduce Stress
- Improve Performance
- Heighten Alertness
- Improve Mood
- Improve Memory
- Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
- Tips for Healthy Napping
The National Sleep Foundation recommends napping for about 20 minutes. This length of time will help you recharge but not leave you feeling sleepy. After approximately 30 minutes of sleep, your body may enter deep sleep. Waking during this cycle can be difficult and leave you feeling groggy.
Take your nap in the early afternoon before 3:00 pm. Napping too late in the day can disrupt your regular nighttime sleep. Some people like to nap shortly after eating lunch. To get into a healthy napping routine, try scheduling your nap at the same time every day.
How Can Therapy Help?
Physical and Occupational Therapists help address sleep issues and promote optimal sleep performance. Therapy helps by addressing conditions that may be causing poor sleep quality, managing pain and fatigue, overcoming common barriers, and also helping establish good bedtime routines. Talk with your doctor to see if therapy could benefit you!
Source: Sleep Foundation