It’s National Napping Day today in the US and scientists all over the world argue that a quick snooze during the day has a lot of benefits that most people are unaware of.
In the US, napping day helps people to adjust after daylight savings takes effect, according to the Days of the Year. In most part of the world, afternoon nap has been an integral part of the cultural practice than a mere event due to “spring forward.”
For example, in the US, at least 34 percent of adult Americans take a nap, a study from the Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends shows. The study, which surveyed 1,488 adults, shows that women at 38 percent take a snooze off during the day than their male counterparts at only 31 percent. The study further adds that race tends to affect the sleeping pattern trend in the US.
In celebration of this year’s Napping Day in the US, below are a series of research-backed benefits of nap:
A study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation reveals that a nap for at least 60 minutes rejuvenates the mind and body. It adds that it could improve one’s alertness for the next 10 hours, which is very crucial for pilots in doing their jobs.
In fact, the report adds, NASA has an in-flight nap section where pilots can snooze off while the plane is on autopilot. The study claims that napping can improve the pilot’s performance by as much as 34 percent, a study claims.
A team of Greek researchers from the Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens surveyed a total of 386 middle-aged Greeks (200 males and 186 females) and they’ve found out that those who take a regular nap during the day had relatively lower blood pressure than their peers who stayed up throughout the day.
According to the study, as reported by the Telegraph, the average difference on the blood pressure of those who had afternoon nap was five points, which is already a significant amount that could make a difference on the individual’s health, the report adds.
Helps fight Stress
Based on a study published in the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians, a 30-minute nap after lunch could help relieve stress and improve cognitive performance, the Daily Mail reports.
The researchers claim that aside from being its stress-relieving benefits, a quick nap, or siesta in Spanish, is beneficial in improving overall work productivity and performance. No wonder some companies have designated nap area in their offices.