The Benefits and Disadvantages of Napping for Your Well-being

Sleep cycles refer to the stages that your body and brain go through while you rest. Until the early 20th century, it was believed that sleep comprised of your body going into one state of rest until you awoke. However, by monitoring the brains activity, scientists discovered that your brain acts differently after amounts of sleep. This plays a huge role in deciding the length of your nap. Let’s explore the different lengths of naps and how they have different benefits on the body.

20 mins:  A 20-minute nap will result in mostly stage 2 sleep. This improves your mind’s alertness, reduces anxiety and stress, and improves your motor skills.

20 – 45 minutes: Extending your nap to 45 minutes will usually result in you reaching the stage of sleep which includes Rapid Eye Movement (REM). This stage of sleep is known for helping produce necessary proteins in the body, as well as improving creativity and sensory processing.

45 – 90 minutes: A nap that comprises between 45 and 90 minutes will result in you reaching deep sleep and waking up while your body is halfway through that phase. This will result in you feeling extremely groggy when you wake and will take you a while to come around. If you want a nap longer than 45 minutes, we’d recommend setting your alarm for at least 2 hours after you plan to nod off. This will give you 15 minutes to get to sleep and then beyond the necessary 90 minutes to allow your body to complete a full sleep cycle.

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