Naps and Their Benefits

Updated on June 7, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and has accumulated more than 500,000 pageviews over many different topics.

Nap: Definition

A nap is a short period of sleep. Two things are common with most naps:

  1. They are short.
  2. They happen during the day.

Myths About Naps

Babies and old people take naps during the day, but that does not mean that other people do not take naps. Newborns spend most of their time napping, but as they get older they don't spend as much time asleep during the day.

Naps aren’t just for babies, young children in daycare, or old people in nursing homes. Neither are naps a sign of laziness as some people think.

For maximum benefits, people should take a 20-minute nap during the day. The ideal time for a nap is around 2 or 3 p.m. if a person's schedule will allow it.

Anytime later might interfere with your nighttime sleep.

1. Boosts Energy

If you need a boost of energy during the day, a power nap might be the best thing for you. The short nap will give your mind and body a break. When your nap is over, you will notice that you have more energy.

2. Increases Creativity

When authors have writer's block or artists stare at a blank canvas for a long time, they need to step away from their work and take a nap.

When they wake up, they will discover that they are more creative than when they laid down. Their creative juices begin to flow and they can get back to writing and painting again.

3. Improves Memory

Some people think energy drinks and caffeine are better for them than a nap when they are sleepy during the day. However, experts agree that a nap is much better. One of the things people notice is an improved memory after a nap.

College students should find time to take a nap between classes on days when they have to take a big test later in the day. They will discover that they remember much more than they thought they would.

4. Puts You in a Better Mood

Some people might be cranky for a reason. The reason might be they are sleepy. After a nap, they are in a better mood and will be a more pleasant person to be around.

If you find yourself being cranky, take a nap. If others around you are cranky, suggest they do the same.

5. Increases Alertness

New parents know the benefits of a short nap. They know the best thing they can do is to nap when their baby is napping. Sometimes that's only 10 minutes at a time, but that amount of time is better than no time at all.

For increase alertness, new parents should synchronize their sleeping times with their baby's sleeping times.

6. Increases Productivity

Most people make the mistake of pushing through when they are tired. Little do they know that they are not productive during those times.

In order for productivity to increase, a power nap is indeed needed. People will be amazed how productive they can be after a nap of only a short duration.

7. Reduces Fatigue

It is advisable to stop working when you are tired. Not much gets accomplished during those times if you keep working when you are excessively tired. If you are tired, the best thing you can do is to take a nap.

When you return to work, you will find that you will be able to make up for the time you stepped away from the task you were doing.

8. Lowers Stress

You might not need to take medication for anxiety and stress. Whenever you feel yourself being stressful, take a power nap.

Many studies have shown that a nap is all a person might need for most stressful situations.

9. Reduces Risk of Depression

Since naps can aid in lowering stress, they can also help in lowering the risk of depression. Instead of stocking up on anxiety pills, take a power nap. After all, it is free and it works wonders.

Don't stay awake in a state of depression. Take a nap and reap the benefits for your emotional health.

10. Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

A very important benefit of a nap is to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Not only will regular naps lower blood pressure, but they also will reduce stress and strain on your heart.

Get in the habit of taking a nap during the day for your emotional and physical health.

Summary of What a Power Nap Will Do
Boosts energy
Increases creativity
Improves memory
Puts you in a better mood
Increases alertness
Increases productivity
Reduces fatigue
Lowers stress
Reduces risk of depression
Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Mary Norton, I think naps are good to take during the day. I have the habit of taking one most days.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I hardly take naps but I was so tired the other day, I did take one. It was refreshing. I think it is a good habit. We used to do this where I grew up until consumerism took over and stores no longer closed. In some countries in Asia, they still do it.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 months ago from Richmond, VA

      peachy, naps refresh me. I probably have had a headache before a nap but not after one.

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      peachy 

      2 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Naps in the afternoon gives me a bad headache

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 months ago from Richmond, VA

      peachy, I take naps mostly in the afternoon. However, anytime is a good time for me.

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      peachy 

      2 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I take morning= naps

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