Do you take naps? Taking a nap in the middle of the day is very beneficial, and you will often wake feeling energized and revitalized. We've come up with a list of the top four ways that taking a nap can benefit you:
- Taking a nap will improve your memory. Taking a nap can help to improve your working memory. Working memory is the memory is the part of your mind that you use when working on complex tasks. Taking a nap can also help your memory retention. While you sleep, your most recent memories are carried over to the neocortex, the part of your brain where long-tem memories are stored.
- A nap can improve your mood. Your body needs the neurotransmitter called serotonin to make you happy and maintain good moods. When the serotonin levels in your body are high, you feel content and happy. Taking a nap during the day will improve your serotonin levels, making you feel happier and better able to concentrate.
- You will wake up feeling more alert. A twenty minute nap will help you to feel refreshed and alert. Expert studies show that if you nap during the day you will have increased alertness during the rest of your day. However, make sure that your naps don’t last longer than twenty minutes, because after twenty minutes of sleep you descend into deeper levels of sleep and will feel groggy when you wake up.
- Improves your daytime performance. Napping increases your concentration and productivity. It helps you to calm down, relax, and recover from the stresses of the day - both physical and mental. You are more likely to make mistakes when you are tired, so resting during the day improves your mental performance and revitalizes your body so that you are more physically apt as well.
Do you take naps during the day? What are some other things you do to refresh yourself in the middle of the day?