If sleeping well at night is very important, taking a nap during the day is an excellent complement. In several countries around the world, it’s a habit well ingrained, but in others, it’s associated with laziness. Yet naps help to reinvigorate and in few minutes only!
Fight fatigue, improve cognitive abilities, recover vigilance … the list is long. A nap of only 10 minutes would be enough to produce these benefits on the body, allowing ourselves to be more creative and dynamic afterwards.
A nap is also very good when you didn’t sleep well the night before. According to a research published in the US in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, a 30 minutes nap helps to restore hormone and protein levels and to fight stress while restoring the proper functioning of the immune system.
So if you didn’t sleep well the night before or just feel your energy decrease, especially in early afternoon, do not hesitate to lie down a few minutes. You will be more relaxed and focused for the rest of the day!
“I am told that today’s hectic life can’t tolerate the dry waste of time that is a nap, which is a mistake because this break in the course of the day makes us more sensitive to others – and less obsessed with ourselves. A nap is a courtesy that we allow to our bodies exhausted by the brutal pace of the city.”
Dany Laferrière – The almost lost art of doing nothing