Naps are not childish, they’re important

As a kid, I always took naps. Whether it was on the couch, on the floor of the living room, in the car or under the kitchen table. I have always been a big fan of naps. As I got older, many people thought they were childish. Little did they know they are the key to life.
Sleep is extremely important. If you don’t get enough sleep it can lower your immune system, make you bloated, make you moody, you eat more, your memory goes downhill and the list goes on.
I do recognize that not everyone can get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. Between homework, work, attending classes, doing things around your house/dorm and making time for meals, your day can be over before you know it. I propose that you consider a nap.
Most of the time when people think of taking a nap, it is for an hour or so. But the shocking truth is that the recommended nap time is actually 20-30 minutes! This makes naps much more time efficient. There are also plenty of benefits to naps. Some of the benefits include restoring alertness, enhanced performance and reduced mistakes and accidents.
A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34 percent and alertness by 100 percent. It also improves learning and work memory, improves your health and improves your mood, as I stated earlier.
I put this theory to the test. I took a 34-minute nap in the middle of writing this column to see when my brain worked faster. After the nap I felt much more refreshed. It also encouraged me to spread the word of how much a nap can change your day. I highly recommend them.
Naps are like a mini-vacation during the day. They let you take a break from the hectic and chaotic world we live in. It also benefits your body in so many ways. If you take away anything from my short column today, let it be that naps are not childish. They are great breaks, have benefits and suitable for all ages.

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