Go Ahead and Nap!

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Just came home from work or school? Do you ever find yourself tired and unmotivated to do anything at all with the dying temptation to just lie down on your bed and rest? Well of course we’ve all experienced this mood because it is a human instinct to want to rest after a long workday that had just drained the life out of you. You lie on your bed and your eyelids begin to close shut….BUT then you remembered that you have a lot of work to get done for the night. Well? What do you do? You have a few options. You can head to Starbucks and grab yourself a can of caffeine, you can choose to withstand your drowsiness and attempt to work diligently, or you can sleep. THE BEST AND HEALTHIEST SOLUTION IS…


Here’s what you want to do. You take a short nap. You don’t sleep, but just take a half hour nap tops. Based on personal experience and a bit of research to back this up, a short nap no longer than 30 minutes is the best way to rejuvenate your brain. Coming home after school, I have made the mistake several times to fall in deep sleep for an hour or two. This is a huge mistake and the outcome will be the opposite of what you wanted to expect. Rather than being tired-free and full of life, instead your brain will want more sleep. Since our body is coming out of a deep sleep, your brain will crave for more, causing fatigue.

This is why I’ve learned to set my alarm for 15-30 minutes whenever I take naps. After short naps, I’ve noticed that my body feels much more awake and lot less tired. When we take a short nap, our brain has yet to fall into a deep sleep position, so it will be easier to wake up and recover to continue your work with a rejuvenated brain.

When I don’t take naps, my reasoning is that I am wasting time napping while I should be studying. However, it is the truth that naps will only benefit you in the long run. If you’re tired and you choose to study for consecutive hours without a nap, then you will feel tired for that many hours. But if you sacrifice a only 30 minutes of your time to rest, then you will be in a much better status for the rest of the day. Not only is it benefiting your body health wise, it will help you be more awake as your brain is more alert and running, so you can do your work with precision.

So next time when your teacher asks why you are sleeping in class, tell them because science said so.

Picture Creds: Lindy Pfaff


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