Surveys show that more than half of people 75 and older nap at least twice a week.? In fact, napping has important benefits for just about everyone. Researchers have been studying how napping affects health and nighttime sleep patterns, and while some studies link napping to health problems, new findings have found that napping is a key to having a sharper mind and a healthy body.??A growing number of companies now encourage napping, as they have found certain qualities are improved by taking a short nap. Some of those qualities are:
- Enhanced? visual learning. During the day, people’s performance deteriorates as the day winds down.??When people add a?nap to their day, their performance doesn’t deteriorate and often improves after a nap
- Improved memory. During?napping, the brain seems to consolidate learning.??Napping has also?been found to?be helpful?in counteracting age-related memory loss.
- Better problem solving. A nap seems to boost mental processes.? A NASA study found that a 40-minute nap improved overall performance and alertness as well as problem solving skills.
Does an afternoon nap affect nighttime sleep? ?Obviously napping too close to bedtime will make it harder to sleep at night, so the best time to nap is between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., when your natural body rhythm experiences a lull. How long should you nap? A 20-minute nap can restore alertness and energy, but a one-hour nap?can also improve memory and performance. Any more than an hour may make you feel groggy, because of the brain chemicals that help you stay asleep take time to clear away.
A Specialty Care Services Home Nursing professional can help?monitor?napping schedules to ensure that?you get the maximum benefit.