Feel like napping? Then you probably should. It’s National Napping Day (wow, who knew?), yes, but you don’t need an arbitrary holiday to remind you that there are advantages to getting a little shut-eye during the day. But what kind of napping should you do? Wait, what? There’s more than one kind?
You bet there are. Here are the three types of napping you could be doing:
- Habitual napping occurs when the sleeper (you) takes a nap at the same time every day. Think “nap time” at day care, or, for you, “nap time” at (or under) your desk.
- Planned napping is calculated in a good way. This is the kind of nap you’d take before you get sleepy, which will aid in helping you stay up later (if you must). Some call this the “disco nap.”
- Emergency napping is for those oh-my-god-i’m-so-tired-I-could-zzz moments. This is ideal in situations where you need to sleep to perform tasks safely, like driving a car or operating machinery.
Now that you’re up to speed on napping style, here’s why you should convince your boss that it is a good idea. Essentially, these tips will guide you on your way to getting permission to take a little nap during the workday. You are so very welcome:
11 reasons to take a nap right now
NASA's 26-minute power napA 26-minute power nap could improve performance by 34 per cent and alertness by 54 per cent. You hear that, bosses everywhere?domiriel
Clear your mindSuffering information overload? Who isn't, right? Well, a Harvard study found that a power nap helps reverse information fatigue. polaroid667
Better than coffeeCoffee might keep you awake, but it actually isn't as helpful as napping when it comes to motor skills. The National Institute for Mental Health found that coffee impaired motor learning and verbal memory, while napping actually improved them. Lawrence Harman
Creative people napA study out of Georgetown University found that power naps elevated right-brain activity. Pick up a paintbrush after your nap, Picasso. Matt Northam
Nappers have better sexAs we all know, when you don't get enough sleep, you're irritable and patience isn't your forte. But get your 7-8 hours and have a nap, and your mood will improve. It will improve everywhere, from the inside out.Tambako the Jaguar
Optimize your napsYou can be pretty strategic about napping. Find out when to nap. If you're a lark type (wake up at 6 a.m., bed at 9 or 10 p.m.), nap at 1 or 1:30 p.m. If you're an owl (wake up at 8 or 9 a.m., bed at midnight or 1 a.m.), crank out a nap at 2 or 2:30 p.m. James Zeschke
Naps keep colds at bayNaps help in the maintenance of interleukin-6, a protein that helps ward off viruses. So, yeah, naps help you keep away from colds.Michael McGimpsey
Nap to a stress-free lifeWhile you sleep, your body releases growth hormones, which battle cortisol. Cortisol is the dreaded "stress hormone," which you're probably very familiar with. Well, while you sleep, your body keeps stress in check, which gives you the chance to wake up primed and ready to face the world.Stuart Rankin
Avoid forgetting with a napStudies have proven that recall memory is actually not stunted in those who take naps. This is very good news for anyone who loses everything. Tambako the Jaguar
Napping to financial stabilityWhen you use napping to revive your body and regain precious energy, you aren't spending a ton of money on lattes or Red Bulls. Tambako the Jaguar
Napping to heart healthAn exhaustive study in Greece found that people who napped three times a week for at least 30 minutes each session reduced the risk of cancer and heart disease by 37 per cent. Michelle Bender