Health Benefits of Napping
Sleep Awareness Week and National Napping Day
Not only is this Sleep Awareness Week, but today is National Napping Day.
With the hectic pace of day-to-day life, many people don’t get the recommended amount of sleep each night.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults typically need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night
in order to function at their best. Getting a few less hours for even a few nights in a row can have the same effect as
staying awake for 24 hours straight. And, over time, chronic sleep debt can contribute to fatigue, increased stress levels, reduced attention span, and declined cognitive performance.
One way to combat the effects of sleep deprivation—and repay some sleep debt—is to incorporate daytime napping
into your schedule.
Now I LOVE a nap and I am gifted on the sleep front I confess. I can easily have an hour long nap on a Sunday afternoon and still sleep well at night. I know this is not the case for everyone. But naps don’t have to all be long to still have health benefits. Even just 20 minutes can help improve memory, alertness, and energy levels.