Napping in the afternoon can improve memory and alertness – here's why - Deepstash

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An Afternoon Siesta

An Afternoon Siesta

If one can squeeze some time off from a day, napping is a great option to catch up on lost sleep, feel rested or increase alertness, as many famous daytime nappers like Albert Einstein or Leonardo Da Vinci would tell you.

Napping increases our cognitive function, something which is required as we are forced to work in confinement, isolation and under increased stress.

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The Power Nap

An afternoon power nap of 10 to 30 minutes are highly reccomended for increasing energy, and longer naps help in general body restoration and increased effectiveness of memory, at the cost of feeling drowsy when you wake up.

Drinking coffee before a nap helps us wake up without the feeling of drowsiness, along with more alertness.

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The Reason Naps Work

  • Napping helps our brain clean up excess waste products, or ‘brain junk’, providing the brain with replenished energy stores.
  • They prevent instability in the neurological networks.
  • Longer sleep which involves the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage helps in our long and short-term memory, strengthening new connections and motor skills.
  • Frequent napping may cause insomnia and high blood pressure in some people, so one can check how their body functions before building a napping habit.

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