10 Good Reasons to Power Nap ...


Although the concept of a power nap seems new-agey to us, there are many great reasons to power nap.

The Spanish have long followed the tradition of the siesta.

JFK, Churchill and Edison are a few that napped on the side, in between their important duties.

Dali used to fall asleep holding a spoon over a plate, and when he was deep enough, the spoon would clatter onto the plate, waking him up.

He said the microsleeps worked wonders, although whether he called them power naps is debatable.

Today, progressive companies like Google, Nike and Zappos all have nap rooms.

Naps are not just for kids and old folk!

Here are 10 great reasons for power napping.2

1. Improvement in Mood

Over time, as a sleep deficit builds up, we tend to get stressed and grumpy more easily.

Power naps help balance this out, and put us on a more even keel.

This makes for a happy us, and the people around us!

2. Increased Clarity of Thought

A Georgetown study suggests that the right hemisphere of the brain “…is doing important things in the resting state that we don’t yet understand.” According to Dr.

Andrei Medvedev, this means that whilst power napping, your brain could be doing some useful ‘housekeeping’ duties, such as classifying data and consolidating memories.

This is one of the major benefits of a power nap – you wake up with a less jumbled mind, with thoughts organized.

3. More Creativity

This follows on from the above point, and proves yet another great reason to power nap.

As your brain is being allowed to process information, your subconscious is doing its thing.

All the while, it's busy making associations, slotting thoughts into place, and creatively combining ideas.

4. Increased Alertness

Many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, usually about 8 hours after waking.

Research shows that you can make yourself more alert, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning with a short daytime nap.2

Wouldn't you enjoy being more alert?

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