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Naptime Is Back!!

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 9:18 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
NappingThe nap – it’s a part of your youth that you remember regretfully. How could you have been so stupid at age two or three to shun those precious hours of daytime shuteye? If anything, you should have embraced them, racing for your pillow and blanket the moment lunch ended. Alas, you did not, and now your opportunity to nap is gone. The idea of a twenty minute siesta is shunned by the adult world. It is a sign of laziness, sloth mentality and, possibly, ill health. It is a negative. But I am here to change that, to give you back your Snoopy blanket and well-loved teddy, for, you see, naps are good for you!

Two recent studies proved that a midday siesta can improve a person’s health. The first, a Greek survey of 23,000 people, found that those who regularly napped were 37 percent less likely to die from a coronary complication.  The second shed light on why. After asking nine people to rest in three different ways – standing awake, lying down awake and napping – researchers found that an hour-long snooze reduced blood pressure and lowered heart rate in a way no other relaxed activity could.  As the participant fell asleep, his cardiovascular system eased into a healthier state. He was better off having allowed his body to drift into dreamland.  But what about that groggy, confused mentality that exists when you awake? That’s certainly not better for your day, or is it? 

Of course, it’s not. However, that would only be a concern if it actually existed, which it doesn’t. Okay, it might for a few minutes, but after you shake off the post-sleep fog, you are more alert. In fact, you are better equipped to continue with your day, having bettered your cognitive performance with the nap.  You’re more productive throughout the afternoon and even into the next day. And falling asleep that night is no problem, either. Assuming your siesta lasts no longer than an hour, you won’t have any nocturnal difficulties. You’ll be up bright, early and refreshed in the morning.

So, dim your monitor and curl up on the couch. However, please make sure that naptime will not detrimentally interfere with your daily schedule. Being fired could render the nap’s boon counterproductive.

2 Responses to “Naptime Is Back!!”

  1. Stacy says:

    i miss naptime!

  2. Gwen says:

    This is the best post yet! I will no longer feel quilty about afternoon napping which is one of my favorite hobbies 🙂

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