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Power Catnapping Does Wonders For Your Brain

Day 27 / 100: Taking a Power “Catnap” #the100dayproject #100daysOfBrainPower

Nothing beats a nap on a Sunday afternoon…or any day! I think cats perfected napping down to a science, hence the term “taking a catnap” 😸

Taking a power nap is perhaps the easiest way to increase brain power. It has been proven through research to significantly improve task-performance and thinking abilities. Also, studies have shown that one of the primary benefits of napping is its restorative powers. In fact, if you break up your day with a nap you will be refreshed and as alert and energetic for the second part of your day as you were for the first half. Another benefit of napping is that it improves your working memory and cognitive processing ability. So, you remember more and think better.

Researchers suggest keeping a regularly scheduled time for daily naps. The best time for a quick snooze falls in the middle of the day, between the hours of 1 PM and 3 PM. Also sleep experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best "bang for your buck," but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, other durations might be ideal.

For a quick boost of alertness, a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch. For cognitive memory processing a 60-minute nap may do more good. Slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside can be some grogginess upon waking. Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory such as learning how to ride a bike. But napping for too long can cause sleep inertia which is that groggy disoriented feeling you have when you wake up and sometimes you may feel even more tired than you did before your nap.

Overall, if you are feeling tired throughout the day and have time to take a quick nap, it is recommended. It’s like taking a mini vacation for your brain, providing both body and mind a refresher and quick little mental booster.

Catnap it up!🐱


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