The benefits of napping
Nanna nap, siesta, kip, snooze, catnap, we love our naps!
We've previously discussed the importance of good sleep here, but naps can be a great way to catch up on lost sleep from the night before & can provide health benefits including:
Improved motor performance: faster reaction time & better memory
In fact, naps have even been shown to provide benefits to those who typically get the amount of sleep they need!
How long should you nap for?
Between 20-60mins is our recommendation.
It's important that your napping does NOT negatively affect your nighttime sleep. We recommend avoiding napping after 3 pm to avoid impacting your night's rest.
Feeling groggy after taking a nap?
This is called sleep inertia. You may have slept too long, but another strategy we often recommend is the "nappachino". Consume a cup of your favourite caffeinated brew just before your nap, & by the time you wake, the caffeine will have kicked in
A constant need for napping can indicate underlying health or sleep issues, so consult your health practitioner if this is you!
Who else loves to take a nap?
Walsh, N. P., et al. (2021). "Sleep and the athlete: narrative review and 2021 expert consensus recommendations." British Journal of Sports Medicine 55(7): 356-368.