Who doesn’t love to cuddle up on the couch for a quick nap? I can sleep for 10 hours at a stretch when I am stressed out. My mother disapproves of an afternoon nap saying that it makes you age early. All I know is that if you want to take a siesta wake up before 3 o’clock to keep your cycle right. So, is it good to snooze in the afternoon? Is too much of sleep harmful to health?
A good night’s sleep is important to wake up healthy and refreshed. In the same way, a mid-day nap can improve your health,enhance your productivity and ease stress. Hence, it is not just for babies and the elderly a good rest in the afternoon is healthy for all. Are the said benefits scientifically proven? Of course, they are. Some Greek researchers conducted a 6 year experiment on men and women of age group 20-80 who had no severe medical condition. The results showed that those who took a nap of at least half an hour thrice a week had 37% reduced risk of heart disease than those never snoozed. However, sleeping in the day time do not reduce the importance of getting enough physical activity in the rest of the day.
It is recommended for you to limit your night’s sleep to 8 hours and take a small nap in the afternoon. Your afternoon nap should be somewhere around 15-30 minutes ideally and practically and should be taken 8 hours after waking up. Four in the evening is the deadline for mid-day nap. Avoid caffeine in the evening for a good night’s sleep. Also, too much sleep is found to reduce the life span in people. Well, never hesitate to set a loud alarm clock if you are a lover of sleep like me and put it somewhere not easily reachable.
-Aparna K V