You may think you should push through your inevitable midday slump instead of dozing off for a while, but you may want to reconsider. The National Sleep Foundation found that cutting our days into distinct periods of time between sleeping and wakefulness may not be a natural pattern for humans. Naps can actually be great for your physical energy and mental state. It’s recommended that you nap for 20 to 30 minutes, as this will leave you feeling refreshed and more energized, while longer naps will make you feel groggy.
Once you have the perfect setup for your nap, you will reap the following benefits.
1. Increased alertness
Though you may wake from your nap in a sleepy haze, you will likely find that when you do fully awaken, you are much more alert than you were pre-nap. According to The Art of Manliness, studies found that just taking a 20-minute nap can increase your awareness more than 200 milligrams of caffeine or even a brief exercise session. NASA also performed a study on the effectiveness of napping and found that a 40-minute nap will increase your alertness by 100%.