A little bit of sleep in the afternoon heals the body. From boosting memory to lowering blood pressure, a little midday shut-eye (20-30 minutes) will yield so many health benefits to the human body.
Here are the benefits of a short nap in the afternoon:
1) A nap restores alertness – Power naps relaxes and rejuvenates the body. It also improves your mood and restores your focus at work
2) Controls anxiety levels – Afternoon sleep controls your anxiety levels by reducing the release of serotonin and cortisol hormones (stress hormones) in the brain
3) Lowers blood pressure – Reduced cardiovascular stress is associated with napping. It also lowers blood pressure and minimizes the risks of cardiovascular diseases
4) Renewed energy – Afternoon naps offers renewed energy and keeps you alert for the second half of the day
5) Enhances creativity – Napping opens up your brain to new ideas and fosters creativity by enhancing sensory perceptions
Be consistent: Try to nap at the same time every day. This helps stabilize your circadian rhythms and maximize the benefits.
Keep it short: 20 – 30 minutes will do just fine. Avoid “sleep inertia,” that feeling of disorientation that can come from awakening from a deep sleep. Set an alarm on your phone to avoid oversleeping.
Turn off the lights: Light acts as a cue for our bodies. Darkness communicates it is time to shut down—or go into standby mode. If you can’t turn off the lights, use a simple eye mask.
Be discreet: Don’t get caught by your employers. Most people get an hour for lunch. Eat in half that time and then go snooze in your car, an unused conference room, or even a closet.