The Pros & Cons of the Afternoon NapJune 24, 2008 at 9:13 am | Posted in Girltalk | 1 Comment
Tags: Afternoon Sleep, Nap, Power Nap, Rest, Sleep
Over the years I have gone through stages where I nap during the afternoon and stages where I don’t need it. These days I’m pulling a 7am to 11pm shift with no sleep in between. I personally prefer this to the afternoon nap for so many reasons:
1. I get tired for the rest of the day (especially when I sleep too long)
2. Sometimes the whole process of falling asleep, sleeping and waking up and reenergizing can take too long out of the time you have in the day.
3. Once you get in the habit of sleeping in the afternoon, it’s very hard to break because your body automatically is ready for sleep the next afternoon.
4. You don’t sleep as well at night.
Of course there are alot of benefits to the afternoon nap too such as repair, refreshment, catching up on the sleep you didn’t get the night before and so on. It even improves memory function.
I did some research on what the ideal nap solution is for those who love to sleep especially after a long day of work. An afternoon POWER nap consisting of 20 minutes a day is the perfect amount of time needed to rest without feeling tired when you wake up. The Nap shouldn’t last longer than 30 minutes as that’s when deep sleep starts to set in.
For those who want to counter drowsiness during the afternoon, you can try the following “preventing drowsiness” tips.