It is nap time. Go find a quiet spot and take a snooze. Health Briefs TV explains why a thirty minute nap in the middle of the day is good for you.
They are called cat naps for a reason. Cats can catch a nap that lasts 20 to 30 minutes, wake up and feel refreshed and be ready to go again. The same theory works for humans too. A short nap can restore hormones and proteins which are involved in stress and immune functions back to normal levels, according to a recent study on sleep and health.
It is well-known that lack of sleep can impede productivity, cause health problems such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. Sleepy people on the roads can cause accidents and at work, industrial accidents are more likely. Almost three in ten American adults get six hours of less of sleep per night. Also, the older we become, the more sleep we need. A short 20 to 30 minute nap on those days when tiredness is felt can be beneficial to finish a long day at work.
The Health Briefs TV show suggests using part of a lunch hour to get some rest. Find an unused office and turn the lights off and close the door. Set a timer on your smart phone. Curl up or stretch out on the floor. Think of nothing. Close the eyes and inhale slowly. Let the body relax. It only takes 20 to 30 minutes of rest to wake up and feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day. Why not give it a try?