The Health Benefits of Naps for Adults

This isn’t just for kids anymore.

There are a number of articles from 2018 and 2019 about the benefits of daytime naps for adults. Closing a door and turning off the phone for a few minutes can actually make you more effective and productive.

The health benefits attributed to naps include

  1. Improved memory
  2. Improvement is reasoning and analytical capability
  3. More consistent work performance (which tends to lag in afternoons as fatigue sets in)
  4. Mood improvement
  5. Improved creativity
  6. Reduced stress
  7. Better heart health
  8. Better sleep at night

Most experts agree that naps should be limited to 10 to 20 minutes. Personally, I prefer 20, and lose a little bit of time unwinding, so I probably only get 10-15 minutes of actually nap time as a result. It works.

Years ago I worked for a gentleman who would take naps while riding in taxis between appointments in NYC. He had learned to do that as a young businessman in London; now I understand the science behind it.

Basically, a short nap can produce hours of improvement in almost all aspects of your life, health and work. Feel better; do better. Nap.

Sources:

  1. https://www.medicinenet.com/sleep_health_benefits_napping/article.htm?ecd=mnl_spc_092619
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/napping/art-20048319
  3. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-benefits-of-napping
  4. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/can-a-nap-boost-brain-health
  5. https://www.tuck.com/napping/
  6. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/sleep/benefits-of-napping
  7. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/napping

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