Do you take a nap every afternoon? Do you like giving yourself a thirty-minute nap after lunch? That is why you are smart!
The average sleep people need per day is seven to nine hours. People nowadays get busier with many things like work, taking care of a family, connecting with the social media, having an extra job during the night and with a lot more of activities people engage in. Sleep becomes a privilege for many people rather than a regular routine. Most of us experience sleep debt that results to too much mental fatigue. Sleep debt or sleep deficit is the cumulative effect of insufficient sleep. Some people will even sleep straight 24 hours to catch up with their sleep debts thinking that they can just repay their sleep debts in one long sleep. If we usually sleep 6 hours in a day and the required hours of sleep for adults is 8 hours, your sleep debt in a week is 14 hours. Most of us think that we can repay the 14 hours sleep debt by prolonging our sleep to 22 to which the regular 8-hour sleep is added.
But this does not help. Repaying a sleep debt should not be in bulk. Longer sleep debts are as bad as too much sleep at once, which also results to increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other memory problems. Scientists believe that an average sleep of seven hours a day could help us live longer while exceeding this number of hours every day will only reduce our lifespan.
What can we do to restore our energy and mental physique if we are sleep deprived? Instead of repaying sleep debts at once, taking a nap between ten to ninety minutes in a day would help us feel better. According to the National Sleep Foundation, Naps can be planned, emergency and habitual. Planned Napping is taking a nap before a person gets sleepy. Emergency Napping occurs when you nap since you suddenly feel tired and cannot continue working anymore. Habitual Napping is a nap taken by a person at the same time each day.
Whichever type of naps you get every day will help enhance mental alertness and improve cognitive functioning. Napping regularly is better than repaying a sleep debt at once. Taking a nap for sixty minutes has almost the same effect to the brain as having an eight-hour sleep. It boosts the memory, reduces the risk of heart diseases, enhances libido, makes you happy, and aids in weight loss. This is why we feel bloated if we lack sleep. So you can trim your waistline by having a nap every day.
Taking a nap after lunch until 4 am is the best way to catch up with sleep debts. Mental energy can be restored even with a ten-minute nap. If you feel tired, try taking a nap and you will feel like a newly charged battery. Memorizing becomes easier, problem-solving becomes faster for you, analyzing numbers yield accurate results. Surprisingly, many great and successful people are fans of napping on their chairs daily. Some of them were Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, John Kennedy, and Napoleon Bonaparte. These are just a few examples of successful and famous people who allotted regular naps. Be as smart as our great leaders, start a daily snooze!