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  • Writer's pictureLuke Nelson

The benefits of napping

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

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:

  • Increased alertness

  • Reduced fatigue

  • Improved mood

  • Relaxation

  • 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?

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?


References

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.

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