It feels great when you take a nap after a long busy day, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, sometimes we might be wondering why we still feel tired, or even more tired than before the nap.
The simple rule is this: A nap longer than half an hour is not a nap, but it is considered a deep sleep. That is the main reason why we feel exhausted after taking a nap which is longer than it should be, and still not enough to be a real sleep. After that 30 minutes it is very difficult for the body to recover from that sleep.
Health Benefits of Napping
Napping is agreat chance for the brain to reboot. Our brain needs a nap to perform its full capacity again after it has been used and it is tired from the day’s activities.
Taking around 10-minute to 20-minute nap will work in a way that your brain’s mental capacity will increaseand you will be more alert. Just take a brief nap and enjoy its advantages. You will be quicker and more efficient after it.
If you have a lot of commitments and work to do, and you want to stay awake for a longer period of time or during the night, take several 20-minute naps during the day. After the short nap you will feel fresh and focused for a few hours. When you start losing alertness take one short nap again. However, you should not exaggerate with this, since your body needs some proper rest.
Moreover, your brain needs deep sleep to work properly. So, if you really need a lot of time to finish something and especially if it is connected with brain activity (as studying) take a longer nap – around one hour. That will refresh your brain and memory and your brain will be able to efficiently carry out the cognitive processes. If you want to stabilize the imagination levels and creative thinking as wellnap for 90 minutes.
If you want to take a nap,instead of setting up an alarm just position your body in a slightly sit up position so that you do not fall asleep. Dreaming during the naps is a sign of sleep deprivation. If you experience this go straight to bed and sleep for at least 8 hours.