6 benefits and downsides of napping for adults


2. Naps can interfere with nighttime sleep

The Mayo Clinic emphasizes that “naps are not for everyone” and that for some people, they can do more harm than good. If you take a nap at your desk or in your own bed during the day, it can cause sleeplessness (sleeplessness) or reduce the quality of sleep at night, making you more groggy in the morning.

The clinic says controlling the frequency and duration of your naps can help combat these negative side effects. That means naps lasting 10 to 30 minutes, while napping between 2 and 3 p.m. when you get the slowdown after lunch, suggests the clinic.

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3. Naps can improve memory

LiveScience said that taking an afternoon nap can benefit your memory, especially for young adults. A 2014 article explains that a study found that young adults were able to remember more words learned on a pre-nap memory test than older adults.

The study focused on adults aged 18 to 30, with another group aged 60 to 80. The interesting find was that the older group remembered the test just as much whether they took a nap or not, according to LiveScience.

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4. Rest lowers blood pressure

LiveScience also said that while napping does not improve memory in older people, it significantly reduces high blood pressure which has been linked to an increased risk of dementia. So while there is no apparent immediate benefit of napping for the elderly, it could help their future brains.

The Telegraph newspaper in the UK adds to this thought in a article 2015 who says that a nap a day could literally save your life. Research of middle-aged men and women who took a regular nap around noon had significantly lower blood pressure than those who are awake all day. This drop in blood pressure means less risk of heart attacks, the article adds.

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