Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been in love with naps. Making people think of me as the lazy one, who lacks ambition and has law standards. I did not that stop me from living my naps to the fullest. Napping has been proven to reduce sleepiness and improve cognitive performance, thus the joke is on them.
Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning we divide our days into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. Whereas, more than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning they sleep for short periods of time throughout the day. But is being a monophasic sleeper normal for humans? It is not very clear, and in some cultures, naps are very important. If you’re a napper, you’re in good company. People like John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagen, Albert Einstein, Margaret Thatcher or Salvador Dali are all known to have valued an afternoon nap.
While napping won’t necessarily make up for a poor quality nighttime sleep, a short snooze of 20 to 30 minutes can improve your mood, alertness, and performance.
Being a professional napper, I’ll let you with a few secrets to staying a happy, functional human being. For starters, always take short naps – like I said, 20 to 30 minutes is more than enough for improved alertness and performance without you feeling dazed or interfering with your much need beauty sleep at night. Then you should look for a quiet environment to lie down, where the temperature in the room is nice and cozy and that there’s no noise around – you can start by listening to some relaxing music. Finally, don’t take naps to late, it can really mess up with your sleeping habits – super obvious, but totally worth mentioning.
And now I should probably present the negative aspects of napping, but why listen when you can take my advice and start the marvelous live of nappiness? Happy siestas folks!