Benefits and drawbacks of napping!

Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei

Most of us love napping during the day, but one needs to understand the pros and cons of it. While napping has many health benefits, resting at the wrong time or for too long time can have negative effects.

A nap is a brief period of sleep oftern taken during daytime.

Napping offers both physiological and psychological benefits.

Naps can provide relaxation, rejuvenation and reduce mistakes.

Napping may also benifit the heart – a study found that men who took naps at least three times a week had a 37% lower risk of heart-related death.

According to a NASA study, naps can improve certain memory functions and that long naps are more effective than short ones.

A 20-minute nap can help refresh the mind, improve overall alertness, boost mood and enhance performance.

Negative effects

Naps aren't good for everyone, especially for people who suffer from insomnia or depression as they can worsen these problems. Also, a nap taken too late during daylight may adversely disrupt your night-time sleep

So, try to nap for only 10-30 minutes only. Usually, the best time to take a nap is midafternoon, around 2 or 3 pm although it can vary from person to person depending on their sleep schedule and their need for sleep.

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