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Naps are Not Just for the Lazy

Naps are Not Just for the Lazy

Thursday, December 21, 2023


For some people, naps conjure images of comfy couches, soft blankets and peaceful slumber. For others, they are a natural power boost. A chance to re-energize and keep going whether it is at the office, gym or running errands.   


Studies have shown naps can do more than fend off crankiness. When a nap is taken correctly, it can provide multiple mental and physical benefits.  


Perks of a nap 

  • Better memory 

  • Increase in creativity 

  • Reduce stress 

  • Improve your mood 

  • Solve problems easier 

  • Perform better 


Power nap options 

Naps are generally broken into two categories, short, approximately 20 to 30 minutes and long naps. Some people wake from a short nap feeling refreshed and alert. Others wake in a state of grogginess. If you are part of the second group, try consuming a small amount of caffeine before lying down. It typically takes 20 to 30 minutes for caffeine to impact your system, so as you wake, you will benefit from both the nap and caffeine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  


Napping tips 

According to Behavioral Brain Research, late afternoon, around the 3 p.m. drowsy hour tends to be best for most people to nap. Find a dark, quiet, comfortable place to catch up on your sleep. Eye masks and earplugs can transform less than ideal locations into a napping haven. Most importantly, although more companies realize the benefits and provide opportunities for naps, don’t try it if your boss has not caught onto the napping trend.  



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Genesis HealthCare System’s Health and Wellness content conveniently provides accurate and helpful information. Your health history and current health may impact suggestions provided through our Health and Wellness content. Although we hope this information is helpful, it is not a substitute for your doctor's medical advice. Before making any significant changes, please consult your doctor.