There is something incredibly satisfying about having a spare half hour to curl up in a comfortable place, close our eyes and just relax into an afternoon nap. Some cultures, such as places in Spain and parts of South America, even have it built into their daily schedule!
You may be surprised to find that there are actually several health benefits that can be gained from incorporating nap time into your daily schedule, including enhancing the effectiveness of your workouts!
Here are just some of the benefits to be gained from making time for an afternoon nap:
Extra repair time - It is during the time of sleep that our bodies are able to circulate human growth hormone and repair damaged tissue. So if you are hitting the gym or the race track regularly, then you will need to make sure you are getting enough sleep. Don’t get enough in the evenings? Then try rostering in a quick afternoon nap to help you get all the muscle repair time you need!
Recharging your body battery - Being physically exhausted can make us feel mentally exhausted too! It is surprising how much a quick 20-45 minute nap can revitalize our whole body, allowing us to rest the muscles we have been using and get a quick charge up before we use them again.
Recharging your brain battery - When we are feeling mentally drained it is almost impossible to complete tasks to the level they may require. Having a quick nap in the afternoon, before undertaking a mentally challenging task, can be just what you need to recharge that brain so that it is functioning at its optimum level.
Stepping out to de-stress - Sometimes the stress of a day, or a specific situation can leave you stuck in a mental rut, without the ability to step out and see the solution, or the silver lining! If you are feeling super stressed and you have a spare two minutes or so to spare, then see if you can sneak in a quick nap to help you unwind, de-stress and wake up feeling refreshed and revitalized!