There are varying opinions on whether a daytime nap is good for you or not. Some sleep experts advise against it saying it will cause you problems sleeping at night. On the other hand, much research has identified numerous benefits. Companies including Google, Uber and Huffington Post provide places where employees can take a daytime nap. Special chairs called Energy Pods have been designed for daytime napping and are provided in some workplaces which encourage daytime naps.
Arguments against daytime napping
Reasons given against napping include -
Arguments favouring daytime naps
Reasons to take a short day time nap include -
A study carried out by NASA found a 40 minute nap made some participants as much as 100% more alert. Another study suggested a 20 minute nap could be better for increasing alertness than exercise or a 200mg shot of coffee.
Tips for a beneficial nap
To get maximum benefits from a nap -
It seems there are plenty of reasons to take a short nap but what about the evidence linking health problems with napping? Some sleep experts say the problem comes when people take long naps, in excess of 90 minutes.
There is evidence suggesting people with certain health problems are more likely to take long naps because
of the health issue rather than the nap causing the problem. It would be wise for anyone who is constantly exhausted and finds they need a really long nap on a regular basis to talk to their doctor. There may be an issue which needs medical treatment.
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