Naps on Naps on Naps

March 9, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

It’s common knowledge that getting a good nights rest is the key ingredient to a successful day. In an ideal world, everybody would get the required 8 hours of sleep and be on their merry way. However, in the real world, a good nights rest is often the first to be sacrificed in order to study for that midterm of yours, or finish that project you procrastinated on, or to make it through your 18th play through of Skyrim (don’t act like that last one’s just me).

The point is, life has a way of getting in the way of your body’s need for sleep. So what’s the alternative? Evening siestas my friend. Just

“When do you want to stage a counter attack sir?”
“We attack when they least expect it….after I take my evening nap.”

ask Salvador Dali, Napoleon Bonaparte, or Winston Churchill. They’ll tell you naps are the key to a sound mind and body, oh and afterwards tell me how you managed to contact the dead. We may need to have a talk.

According to the Harvard Health Letter, a quick 20-30 minute nap greatly improves your alertness. In fact, a recent study even found that naps were a more effective way to combat evening fatigue than caffeine! Naps allow your body replenish its energy naturally and can even alleviate psychological distress. But be careful, with great sleep comes great responsibility.

Napping beyond the recommended 20-30 minute period can result in what’s called sleeping inertia. This undesired side effect of napping leads to grogginess and fatigue leaving you feeling even more tired than you were before the nap. There’s a long list of biological factors and scientific stuff that goes into explaining this phenomena, but I see sleeping inertia like this.

Your body: Hey I’m tired. Go to sleep.

You: Ok, body. I’ll take a nap. You’ve earned it buddy.

*3 hours later*

You: Alright, now let’s go to class shall we?

Body: Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, what are you doing? We need at least five more hours to get a good nights sleep!

You: Oh silly body. I wasn’t sleeping, that was just a nap!

Body: … You will pay for your trickery…

Thank you, Thank you, I’ll be here all week. So now that you’ve got a rundown of how your body thinks, remember these three things.

1. Naps aren’t just for lazy people, some of the most revolutionary thinkers on earth were avid nappers.

2. Naps are better (and cheaper) than caffeine .

3. Limit your naps to 30 minutes or less so your body doesn’t think you’re committing to a full 8 hour resting period. Nobody likes a tease.

And now I’ll leave you guys with the best video ever. Have a great weekend!