Sometimes it seems like the older you are, the more you truly appreciate the beauty of nap time. Sleeping for a few minutes during the day can feel like the ultimate luxury. And as it turns out, there are plenty of fascinating things that happen to your body after a 20 minute nap that explain why these mini-sleeps are so lovely. As someone who absolutely loves naps, I was thrilled to learn more about this topic, because any justification for continuing nap-time long into adulthood is fine by me.
Before diving into all the reasons why naps are good, it's important to establish why sleep deprivation is bad. And really, it's a terrible thing that goes way beyond feeling grumpy at work. Short-term sleep deprivation can cause irritability and concentration problems, while long-term sleeplessness can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, according to the National Health Service. Sleep is so essential for your mind and body.
A few years ago, the rallying cry in my college study groups was "Sleep is for the weak." But now I know that sleeping enough at night, and allowing yourself to take naps during the day, is a much healthier approach. Here are some reasons to give your brain and body a little break every afternoon with a much-deserved nap.