Sleep is an essential function for your body and mind. Lack of sleep can lead to health problems as well as cause sleep deprivation. Napping has always been a part of the normal daily routine for infants and small children. However, recent data has shown that napping may benefit adolescents in their learning process, enhancing the ability to absorb and retain knowledge. You don’t need to dedicate a significant amount of time to take an effective nap; a 20 to 30-minute power nap is the best strategy for most people. It’s long enough to feel refreshed, but not so long that you’ll move into deeper stages of sleep or affect your sleep for the next night. For many people, napping can help them function better.
Have you ever woken up from a nap and felt groggy? That might be due to a phenomenon called sleep inertia. When we sleep, we cycle through different phases. Later stages of sleep are deeper and often harder from which to wake. Additionally, sleeping too much during the day can make sleeping harder at night. So, if you’re healthy and sleep soundly at night but find yourself dragging, maybe it is time for a nap.
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