The Benefits Of A Good Nap For A Healthier Body and Mind

Sleeping is our body’s way of recharging itself. Studies also show that naps also have great benefits and the results can almost be immediate. A sleep medicine researcher named Sara Mednick, Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego says that a daily nap that’s between 20 and 90 minutes before 4:00 P.M can possibly increase your mental performance and might reduce your chances of gaining weight.

Most of us fear that naps can interfere with our good night’s sleep, but if you keep it between those few minutes, it won’t. There are also a lot of benefits that a good nap can do for you.

Boost Mind Sharpness & Alertness

Most of us really have that time of the day wherein even if we’ve had enough sleep the night before, we start to feel sluggish within the day because we feel sleepy. A power nap can boost the mind’s sharpness and alertness. Just like any other mobile phone or devices that just need charging when it’s running low on battery, our bodies are also like that. Once we’re feeling recharged, it can help us make better decisions and sound judgments. It can even ramp up your productivity and accuracy!

A brief nap can reduce the sleepy feeling that you have and also improve cognitive functioning and psychomotor performance. The benefits are similar to the feeling after consuming caffeine and other stimulant medications.

The Benefits Of A Good Nap For A Healthier Body and Mind

Lift Your Mood

Naps can help your brain produce serotonin. Thus, lifting your mood and making you feel better. Not to mention that it can trigger other naturally occurring hormones that block destructive chemicals that are produced by stress. When you’re in a good mood, it can boost your brain’s creative gears and you’ll be able to come with fresh ideas! It can also speed up your ability to perform motor tasks and boost your ability to learn something new. After your nap, it’s probably the best to do all the tasks that need a lot of thinking!

However, after waking up from a long nap, there are people who will feel more sleepy or groggy before experiencing the feeling of being refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s called sleep inertia which reflects the transition from sleeping state to awake state. This feeling only lasts up to 30 minutes.

Reduce Health Problems

Did you know that naps can also reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems? It can even help in regenerating your skin cells to make you look younger. Another perk is that it can help your metabolism by helping your body process carbohydrates and reduce the risk of diabetes. If it’s helping your metabolism, then it will aid in weight loss. Are you dependent on coffee in order to help you feel more awake? Naps can even reduce the need for caffeine and alcohol in order to manipulate your mood and energy levels.

Now that you know how important naps are in your daily routine, you might want to consider taking a short nap now!


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  • I love naps! I try to fit them in my daily routine whenever I can. Sometimes it’s not possible because I have a lot of meetings scheduled but I always try to nap whenever I can. It really does make you feel refreshed afterwards.

  • Jeni Morgan says:

    Be wary of long naps though because it can make you feel twice as tired instead of being energized.

    • This is true, I do keep an alarm when I’m taking naps because the moment I exceed 2 hours, I’m done for!

  • Ana Brose says:

    I used to dislike naps because I do fear that it will make me feel a lot more difficult to sleep at night. I think it really does depend on the time that you nap and how many minutes you spend doing it.

  • Anila William says:

    Naps are really mind boggling.? I used to think that that the longer the nap the better, but there was this one time that I slept for only about 20 minutes and I felt so good afterwards!

    • Lusi Martin says:

      I think the maximum hour for naps is 2.

  • Jurik Smith says:

    Wow, more excuses to nap! Jokes aside, I’ve always believed how incredible naps are. Even during a busy day, a few minutes of shut eye really does help me get through the day. My mind feels like it has been reset and I’m just ready to take on new projects and ideas. Although I’m not sure about the weight loss benefits, it’s still a good thing.

  • Alena Martin says:

    In our office, as long as it’s your lunch break, you’re free to do anything around that time, even naps. I usually just take a light lunch and spend a few minutes napping. It makes me feel more productive for the rest of the day and I feel like I’m more focused as well.

    • Lana Wiliam says:

      I’m also like that!

  • Jesse Wyss says:

    How does it help our brain produce serotonin??

  • Marina Bozek says:

    Thanks for this. This is really why even for kids, naps are very important.

    • Luthi Sanders says:

      I really agree. Not only does it help them feel more energized, it really has a lot of benefits. I never let my child miss her afternoon naps.

  • Zerin Martin says:

    I really like naps. Not because I’m always tired, but just the fact that I’m helping my body function better is enough reason for a nice power nap during the day.

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