You know what you and Rihanna have in common? You’re all about “Work Work Work Work Work”
Alright! Bad joke. But maybe it is a good joke but you didn’t like it because you’re stressed, tired and in a bad mood after all the work you’ve done with no rest at all. Think about it! But if you still feel it was a bad joke, let me make it up to you. Here I am, with a solution to escape that ‘tired and irritated’ look on your face. Presenting to you, the solution to all your problem, the ever mighty, the ultimate savior, drumroll a 20-minute power nap.
Yes! All you need is 20 minutes to knock out all the devils that are sucking on your energy at work, school, home or pretty much anywhere else.
Why 20 minutes? This is what research has to say:
A 20-minute power nap usually limits your sleep to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep making it easier to wake up and get right to work.
Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D., sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life says that, “Daytime naps can be one way to treat sleep deprivation. You can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping. You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.”
A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 20-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%.
How else can a 20- minute power nap benefit you?
Elevates mood: Nothing seems right when you’re sleepy. It’s like everybody is deliberately trying to irritate you. Everything is designed to get on your nerves. The world seems like a bad, bad place. All this can change with one 20 minute power nap.
It doesn’t interfere with your nighttime sleep: Just one nap leaves you with plenty of time to get tired throughout the day. Keeping your nap time limited to 20 minutes ensures that you get just the right amount of NREM sleep to get back on your toes which in turn ensures that your night time sleep is not disturbed in any way.
Rise in creativity: When tired and sleepy, all your brain can think about is the bed and you paint pictures of your head on your soft pillow, your body covered in warm sheets, a pillow to rest your leg on and on and on and on leaving no space for any other form of creativity. So just take out 20 minutes off your busy schedule and turn the pictures in your head into reality. But just for 20 minutes!
Lower risk of heart disease: Your heart is a victim to stress and stress shows no mercy. It comes at you from anywhere and anywhere. But just like the cross they use to scare the ghost away in movies, a nap scares away stress in no time. So go ahead, take a nap, shoo away your stress and keep your heart healthy and happy.
Alright! So the article is finally done and I’ve never been more tired. I’m off for my 20-minute nap. You should too and when you wake up, read my Rihanna joke once again, maybe you’ll like it this time. Goodnight. Zzz Zzz zzz
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