Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Benefits of a Power Nap (formerly known as a Catnap) at Work

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"More than 85 percent of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day," according to the National Sleep Foundation. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness.

Many people consistently take a nap in the afternoon - perhaps most common in toddlers and those that are retired - but there is a growing body of research that shows a nap has benefits during the workday as well.

A quick nap during the day, formerly known as a “catnap” has earned the name “power nap,” due to it’s ability to help with focus and productivity (and sounds much more socially acceptable for working adults!) After lunch, your blood sugars begin to dip and will often drive the body to crave sweets and starchy carbohydrates. Taking a nap will boost your energy and get you past this tough spot.

As a nation, the United States appears to be becoming more and more sleep deprived. And it may be our busy on-the-go lifestyles that keep us from napping. But nappers are in good company: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush are known to have valued an afternoon nap.

If they found time to power nap, I bet you can too!

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