Why Having A Nap
Do you find that by the afternoon you are getting wear off and you start losing your focus? Well, chances are that you might need a good afternoon nap.
It has been shown that occasional napping helps balancing the hormones, cell repairment and even promote better heart function. Napping can also help you live longer, look younger and keep more fit and active.
By taking a nap, you reboot your brain which leads to greater alertness, improved memory retention and more creative insight.
Nap Increases Brain Power
Napping helps to clear out the brain’s temporary storage space so that the brain is ready to receive and retain new information, according to researchers in the US. The researchers propose that a nap that lasts around an hour can refresh the mind and restore brain power and may even make you smarter.
In a conducted research was showed that during period of rest, the right side of the brain was stimulated while the left hemisphere remained relatively quiet. The right side of the brain is the area of the brain associated with creativity.
It is generally thought that the right hemisphere is associated with creative tasks, such as visualization and thinking. The left side is believed to be more analytic and focused on numbers and language.
So if you want to be creative, a nap might be the best approach.
Improves Cognitive Processing Skills
There are many studies that prove the benefits of napping in preschool children – but what about older adults? A study published by Harvard Women’s Health Watch found that, healthy adult participants who chose to nap showed significant improvement on cognitive assessment tests. It did not seem to matter whether the participants napped for long or short periods of time – only that they did so consistently.
It Boosts Memory Capacity
A study by Saarland University in Germany found that taking a nap increased participants’ memory power by an astounding factor of five.
A short nap at the office or in school, is enough to significantly improve learning success. Wherever people are in a learning environment, we should think seriously about the positive effects of sleep.
So, would We,be wise, to institute an universal nap time, applicable to both school and the workplace? This may not be applicable for all environments, but it is certainly worth to consider.