It is believed that napping helps us recharge. We tend to take naps after a long day at work or after consuming a heavy meal. It is also believed that the ideal nap time is between 15 – 30 minutes. But just how true is this? We have carried out research into whether power napping actually works.

It has been proven that a 20-minute nap is ideal for improving alertness and motor learning skills like typing and playing the piano. Research has shown that longer naps help to boost memory and enhance creativity. Naps that last between 30 to 60 minutes are ideal for decision-making skills, such as memorising work or recalling directions. Getting rapid eye movement (also known as REM sleep) usually occurs 60 to 90 minutes into napping.

Some people will think that caffeine is more effective than power napping… They couldn’t be more wrong. Although caffeine can give you a short burst of energy, once the effect of it wears off, it can lead you to feel even more sluggish than you did prior to consuming the caffeine. The comedowns of coffee can actually result in you feeling wary and can also have a negative impact on your memory.Overall, power napping does definitely work, it has been proven to increase your productivity, as you will wake feeling more alert. Ideally, you should nap for 20 minutes if you are hoping to recharge your batteries. This works by essentially resetting your system and therefore giving you a boost in energy. It’s vital that you avoid oversleeping whilst napping as you can actually wake up feeling worse than you did before you nap.

Overall, power napping does definitely work, it has been proven to increase your productivity, as you will wake feeling more alert. Ideally, you should nap for 20 minutes if you are hoping to recharge your batteries. This works by essentially resetting your system and therefore giving you a boost in energy. It’s vital that you avoid oversleeping whilst napping as you can actually wake up feeling worse than you did before you nap.

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