Naps Are Your Friend: How to Maximize the Benefits

Sleep is an integral part of your daily routine and a healthy lifestyle. You should not overlook the benefits of a good night’s sleep because, without, it is hard to perform at maximum efficiency without enough rest. Finding time to sleep when there is no time can make sleep seem impossible. There are ways to incorporate some sleep during the day to help maximize the benefits of sleep.

Rest Matters

Healthy young men’s sleep patterns were studied as it relates to blood concentrations of brain molecules. It turns out brain damage is seen in their brains simply by being deprived of a little sleep. It is an important element to a healthy lifestyle that is often overlooked, yet easy to neglect. Most people are able to get some form of sleep during the day and night but the question of how much is healthy to maximize your potential is what matters most. Research shows most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Failing to get enough sleep can compromise a person’s health and may even shorten life spans.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

The heart, lungs, and kidney help to regulate appetite, metabolism, and weight control along with immunity and disease resistance. Negative impacts on these body processes can be found from poor sleep, which is also a risk factor for substance abuse. Studies demonstrate getting more sleep can lower the risk of a handful of health problems from high blood pressure to obesity and diabetes. Most people want to get more sleep if you ask them but what does that mean when time is of the essence. Time is a hot commodity these days and there never seem to be enough hours in a day to get enough sleep to pay bills. Napping is the new way to promote better sleep practices.

Power Napping

If you work a crazy schedule and need to sleep for just a few hours, it is best to find a regular rhythm and stick with it. Stick to certain time frames of the day in which to boost and restore brain power. Finding an hour in the day can be tricky for people who work, have families, and other sorted commitments. The ideal length of time for a power nap is generally 10 to 20 minutes. That is not enough time for deeper stages of sleep to kick in, which can be good because it may cause grogginess and interfere with nighttime sleep to oversleep during a nap. To avoid having naps work against you, it is best to sleep less like on a lunch break for 30 minutes to maximize sleep and productivity. A full night’s sleep is still best but not everyone has the luxury of doing this. A short nap is a healthy way to maximize the day’s performance and feel great. Even in the car during a short respite or at your desk at work can be quite helpful. Don’t hesitate to take control of your sleep back from your schedule and put those naps in at regular intervals. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.

 

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