Many of us like taking a nap in the daytime, but unfortunately just few of us can afford it. And it’s not too good, especially for those whose work and daily activities are closely linked to being focused and concentrated. The specialists from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) found out that a short daytime sleep is one of the most effective ways to increase our productivity. They are convinced that only 20-30 minutes of a good sleep in the afternoon is enough to relax. This short sleep will help us restore our energy, clear our mind, sharpen our problem-solving abilities and be ready for new challenges.
Moreover, the experts from Holland are convinced that this short daytime napping can play an important role in lowering the traffic accident occurrence and helping us avoid various traumas and injures linked to a lack of attention and inability to focus. They claim that their experiments have shown that having a regular 20-30 minutes daytime nap (at least 3-4 times a day) decreases the risk of having a stroke for almost 37%.
That is why having regular daytime sleep is not less important for every modern person than following a healthy diet, drinking sufficient amounts of water or doing enough physical activities on a regular basis. However, the researches say that it is possible to achieve the states results only in case if you have a short but very good rest. The best environment for such daytime napping sessions are, certainly, dark rooms with relatively low temperature. It is recommended also to use beds and do not sleep in a sitting position. Only this way your body can relax completely and take maximum from a short daytime sleep. How could we possibly have this luxury daytime sleep when we spend out days in the offices, the specialists have not specified.
Many people have a tendency to believing that daytime sleep has very few positive effects and is linked to aging and inability to be active all day long. We are naturally adjusted for being awake in the daytime and have the best sleep at night, but some people still need to have a nap at the daytime. Moreover, according to the results of the latest studies carried out by groups of independent scientists and specialists on different continents of the world, daytime sleep is connected with great rest and significant improvements of our brain function and mental abilities.
In particular, a group of Canadian specialists found out that a short nap in the daytime gives perfect rest to our brain and can stimulate our brainwork pretty well! Their experiments involved brain scanning and analyzing brainwork of all the trial participants. It turned out that even 30 minutes of afternoon nap helps people to be more effective in problem solving and assists in concentration and focusing. Therefore, instead of thinking about the problem again and again, the scientists recommend to take a nap, and then the solution will most likely come out itself very soon!
According to another study carried out by the specialists at the University of Haifa and the scientists at the Sleep Laboratory at the Sheba Medical Center, a 90-minute daytime sleep can effectively improve our memory consolidation. The experts measured motor activity of two groups pf the participants, and it turned out that the member of the group who had regular afternoon sleep demonstrated much better task performance and improved skills compared to the group which was awake all day long. The same results were received as to memory consolidation.
Finally, German specialists claim that according to the results of their experiments and studies, even 6 minutes of daytime rest will be enough for our brain to rest and get ready for new tasks and higher problem solving effectiveness. The experts say that it takes only 6 minutes to refresh and recharge our brain for new activities and higher performance. Therefore, even a very short rest can help you improve the effectiveness and make your memory and brain work much better. Long live a 30-minutes daytime sleep, ladies and gentlemen!