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THE FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE NAPPING

From a young age we're trained to take naps but as we get older there seems to be a stigma placed on taking a light mid-day snooze. Some even see taking a nap during the day as a sign of weakness. However, research tells us that a well-timed nap during the day actually makes us stronger. It's no wonder why countless countries throughout the world take a "siesta" mid day; naps are very beneficial mentally, physically and spiritually.

Why should you get on the nap bandwagon? Here are five reasons why you should be napping.

Increased productivity

Science has shown that taking a 20-minute nap during the day can do a lot more for your productivity than if you slept in an extra 20 minutes in the morning. Although people commonly avoid mid-day naps because they feel groggy upon awakening, it only takes about ten minutes to start feeling refreshed.

Boost Your Creativity

Sleep experts agree that stepping back from a project or taking a rest while working on creative endeavors refreshes the mind and allows for a greater flow of ideas. This fresh outlook can help you come up with new angles and gives you a fresh perspective on your work. If you feel like you've hit a creative block, take a nap and see what happens.

Heart Health

A recent study conducted in Greece found that those who took a 30-minute nap each day had a 37% lower risk of suffering a heart-related death. Also, countries that take siestas tend to have lower levels of heart disease.

Improved Memory

Taking a test later today? Try taking a 20-minute nap first. Naps can improve memory and recall. During sleep the mind processes, discards and organizes information it has received during the day. Taking a nap not only will help improve your memory but your ability to learn new tasks, see patterns and recall words as well.

Reduce Stress

Studies have shown that by napping, we can reduce the amount of stress hormones present in the body. By starting the habit of taking a daily nap, you can reduce your overall stress levels, improve your focus and emotional stability.

Ready to see how starting the healthy habit of napping can help renew your mind and body? If you are a stay-at-home parent or you are at home during the day, it should be easy to find 20 minutes to take a brief nap between lunch and dinner. For those who work during the day, try napping on your break. Set the alarm on your phone for 10-15 minutes, go out to your car or find a quiet place outside and let yourself relax and recharge. Taking 20 minutes a day can make a huge difference not only on your work productivity but your overall health.

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