Napping For Adults: The Secrets To Taking Naps The Right Way And Improving Your Health
For a lot of people, naps become obsolete when they reach their teenage years. The simple fact is, just as it's beneficial for children, naps can also be good for adults too. But how exactly should you nap? At what times of the day should you get that quick shuteye? And what duration of napping is considered ideal?
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Why we feel the need to nap
Some people find themselves needing to close their eyes for a little bit, especially when they've had a big lunch. This is usually no cause for worry, especially when all you need is a few minutes.
While we all want to enjoy between seven to eight hours of sleep every night, the reality is, most adults get about five to six on average. So feeling drowsy in the middle of the day is quite common.
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Should you schedule naps?
Sleep specialist Charles Bae, MD, said there's nothing wrong with planning to take a nap. You may want to do this if you know you'll have to be up late at night or you went to bed late the previous night. This way, you can catch up on lost sleep.
What about an emergency nap?
Sure, if you suddenly feel the need to nap and you are driving, perhaps, or operating dangerous machinery, it's okay to stop and get some sleep. But if you find yourself needing emergency naps very often, then this is a sign you're sleep deprived and it should be addressed.
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Should it be a habit?
As long as it does not interfere with your day, then taking naps is not a bad idea. In fact, a short afternoon nap session can increase your cognitive function for the rest of the say.
This, however, does not mean you should go to sleep for hours. All you need is about 10 minutes of shuteye for you to reap all the benefits.
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If you nap too long or too often, it may negatively affect your sleep pattern and even lead to what is known as sleep inertia - the feeling of grogginess or disorientation we experience after waking from a deep sleep. You are not likely to be productive if you feel this way.
So, in conclusion, naps are okay if your need for them does not affect important day-to-day activities. In other words, you are fine without naps but you can choose to take them to boost your mind and body.
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If you do take naps, limit them to 10 or 15 minutes as this makes it easier to hit the ground running when you wake up.
Dr. Bae's advice is to get as much sleep as you can every night so you won't have to rely on naps to be productive.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
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