Napping; we might not admit we do it and some may frown upon it, but the truth is, we all try to sneak one in here and there. Whether it's a cheeky one on your lunch break or just before a big night out, we all enjoy it. So why does it make us feel so guilty? With the never ending list of things to do, the last thing we feel we should have time for is a nap.
So the question is, should we feel bad about napping? Well we have good news; a certain amount of napping is actually very good for you – hooray! Here are just some of the reasons why you can take that nap, completely guilt free.
Like a good night’s sleep, napping gives your brain a chance to rest and your body a chance to heal. We’ve heard sleep deprived people have higher risks of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity, so why risk it?
Performance & alertness
Performance relies not just on managing time, but managing energy. We often avoid taking a quick nap, but that feeling of three thirtyitis is something almost all of us are much too familiar with. A nap under 30 minutes can help rebalance the chemicals in our brain while restoring energy, increasing alertness and improving memory. So it seems a nap might be just the thing we need to get through the rest of the day.
Did you know getting enough shut eye can actually heighten your senses ? So before you eat your next steak or go to smell the roses make sure you’re well rested to do it.
It’s no secret that lack of sleep can leave us feeling a little lacklustre when it comes to our mood - a quick nap can make a major difference. Napping helps to relieve stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed.
The next time you feel the inclination to put your head down for a rest, don’t feel bad about it. It’s not only good for your health, but it also helps on the wallet – think of all the money you’ll save on coffee! Here at Greywing, we say; embrace the nap.