How long should you nap?

Benefits of Napping

Sleep experts have found that a little nap time can go a long way for your mind and body.

Naps can increase alertness

One of the most significant benefits of napping is that boost of alertness you feel after catching some much-needed z’s. Studies have shown that people who took a mid-afternoon nap woke up with an energy boost similar to one they’d experienced after drinking a caffeinated energy drink or coffee.

Naps may reduce stress

Lack of sleep is a prevalent problem that can have a number of negative short-term and long-term effects. And according to studies, 1 in 3 American adults are not getting enough regular sleep.  One of the most dominant downsides of lack of sleep is stress. 

Naps can sharpen your cognitive skills

Though you may go into a nap feeling groggy and mentally exhausted, you’ll likely wake up feeling sharper and more astute. Napping can boost cognitive flexibility, improve focus, and memory storage and retention.

Naps may improve mood

In addition to feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day, a good nap can elevate your mood. Studies say that taking a nap can increase frustration tolerance, reduce impulsivity, and boost productivity. With tiredness typically comes irritability, so when you take the time to recharge, you can effectively turn your mood (and day) around.