Napping is the New Secret Weapon for Better Health and More Energy

In today’s high-paced, high-pressure society, work and fitness often take priority, and we forget how important it is to sleep a full eight hours.

Naps are a tempting solution to a lackluster sleep, but they have long been thought to hurt your sleep overall — surely if you sleep during the day, won’t that make falling asleep at night that much harder?

Turns out: No.

A 2009 report by the Pew research center says, “While sleeping too much during a midday nap may be harmful to the natural circadian rhythm, 20 to 30 minutes of napping during the day will actually improve overall function throughout the day and even give you an evening boost, while not generally having any negative effects on how we sleep at night.”

The study points to a nap’s ability to boost energy levels, making us more productive throughout the day.

Good For You, Good For Business

It’s this new information that has some modern companies scrambling to give their employees enough space to doze off during the day — a far cry from the old days when sleeping on the job was considered a bad thing. Giant companies like Uber, Facebook, Ben & Jerry’s, and Google have all moved to give their employees a chance to catch some good sleep before getting back to work.

Indeed there is new research to show that naps improve cognition, reaction time, decision making, and even interpersonal skills — all things vitally important to a functional work environment.

The Best Time to Snooze

There’s no better time than when you’re tired, but there are some general rules that apply to most sleepy folks. It turns out midday, about 2-4 in the afternoon is the best time for you to nod off and grab a quick siesta. And “quick” is important: sleeping more than 20-30 minutes can make you drowsy and nullify the positive effects of a nap.

Good Sleep > Naps

Don’t forget that a nap can’t replace a good night’s sleep. Think of it as an accessory to a healthy sleep schedule. Need tips for getting a better sleep? Don’t worry – we can help with that too.