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Adult Naps Revisited

Category: Well, Let_s Talk!
Posted: 2007-08-27 16:02

A growing trend in business is the optional nap. We think of a nap as something a baby and a toddler uses to re-charge. There is significant evidence in favour of adult naps; that the companies offering the opportunity for employees to nap reap rewards that out way the perceived "cost", i.e., lost time.

A nap in the middle of the day is one of life’s pleasures. But many people do without it because of a vague, sneaky feeling of guilt; it seems like an indulgence that is so unproductive. Shove aside those guilt pangs, snatch a half-hour siesta everyday and discover its long-term health benefits! Self-improvement from the OutsideIN.


Napping at noon is natural. As humans, we naturally operate with a 12-hour cycle superimposed on a 24-hour day. Our body temperature, blood sugar, work efficiency, and mood drop after an afternoon meal. So, it is natural that our bodies expect to take a rest in the post meal period at noon.

An afternoon nap improves alertness in the later hours of the afternoon. Though everyone feels a little lazy after a nap – this state lasts only for 5-15 minutes. After that, you will almost definitely be left in a better mood and be more alert than if you had not napped. In fact, that extra edge can last for up to 10 hours after you wake up from a nap.

Napping is a natural stress-buster. Evidence shows that people who set aside regular midday rest periods generally lead a more relaxed lifestyle and suffer form less hart-threatening stress.

When possible, consider adding a nap to your daily routine!

Note: Those who are already at high risk for a heart attack should not nap after a heavy, high-fat meal.
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