Feeling tired in the afternoons? Don’t fight it. Nap. Here’s why:
1. Six minutes to better memory. It’s remarkable, but it works. Six minutes of shut eye is enough to improve long-term memory, says Gizmodo. So next time you’re studying for a test, break up your studying with six-minute naps. You just might be surprised by how much you remember.
2. Twenty minutes to better reactions. The National Sleep Foundation says 20 minutes is the ideal napping time for boosting alertness and improving motor function.
3. Thirty minutes to reverse a night of poor sleep. CBS News reports a study that found “a 30-minute nap can reverse the hormonal impact of a night of poor sleep.” While this may sound monumental, CBS News warns it is dangerous to make it into a habit. Lack of sleep is related to a range of health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, and depression.
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