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
- Improved memory
- Improvement is reasoning and analytical capability
- More consistent work performance (which tends to lag in afternoons as fatigue sets in)
- Mood improvement
- Improved creativity
- Reduced stress
- Better heart health
- 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.