The benefits of a nap
Did you know that in many countries, napping is practiced daily, especially in Asian countries, while in France, those who take a nap find it difficult to admit it for fear of making their entourage smile...
Don't be ashamed to take a nap!
The nap is a physiological need, indeed after lunch, between 1pm and 3pm our organism is less active and needs a little rest to recharge the batteries. That's why we all experience moments of sleepiness in the early afternoon, the impression that we could fall asleep in front of our screen or in a meeting!
So don't be ashamed and take a nap, you'll have a better day. But to be effective, the nap must be brief, no more than 20 minutes, so that you can easily return to your activities without being totally disconnected.
The different types of nap
- The micro-nap: it lasts between 1 and 5 minutes, it is the ideal nap when you are at work. This nap can be done sitting in the car or on an office chair.
- The short nap: between 10 and 20 minutes, perfect for recovering alertness and energy without causing sleep disorders during the night, for this, lie down with a small pillow under your head.
- The long nap: between 1h and 1h30, it is a nap to be reserved for the weekend and to compensate a too short night.
In any case, set an alarm clock or a telephone to ring to make sure you wake up at the right time and to be able to relax completely.
The nap and its many benefits
- It improves alertness and concentration, recharges energy and improves mood
- It increases memorization (good to know for students...)
- It regulates blood pressure and protects the cardiovascular system
- It allows you to decompress and reduces stress
So if you had got into the habit of taking a nap during the vacations, keep this habit when you return to school to stay in shape!