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WHY NAPPING CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

women.sleeping.image.pillow.There are two types of people in this world…those who nap and those who don’t. Which type are you?

Fact. Sleeping is incredibly important and should not be taken for granted. I know we are all busy with school, work, dating, and everything else in between. But, it’s important to get the necessary amount of sleep. If you can’t do that during the night than day time siestas are the best thing for you! Why? Because naps are good for you!

I know those who take naps may appear to be lazy or less active than those who don’t, but that’s just not true!

The National Sleep Foundation recommends a 20-30 minute nap every single day. This short nap will help you feel more alert when you wake up. Feeling more alert will allow you to be more productive! Which means you are really gaining time by taking that little nap during the day.

Writer Robert Stein, from The Washington Post, “found that those who regularly took a midday siesta were more than 30 percent less likely to die of a heart disease.” Taking naps can do more than help your productivity; they can actually help save your life!

Students-are you always tired because you are constantly pulling “all nighters” to pass those classes? Put the pen down and take a nap. According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, napping can “improve your memory” and “solve problems.” Harvard students are even taking naps!

So…let’s do a quick recap. What are the benefits of taking naps?students.studying.women.image.

  • Increase Alertness
  • Improves Health
  • Relieves Stress
  • Improves your Memory
  • Helps to solve Problems
  • Heightens your Creativity

Now, don’t call those who nap lazy just because they take a few breaks during the day to zone out. Instead of judging…join the movement! After that stressful work meeting, go ahead and take a little snooze. Put your feet up, close your eyes, and let yourself drift. Remember…that nap is actually saving your life!

Author: Jordan White

Jordan  is currently a graduate student at Northern Arizona University where she studies Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies. She earned her B.A. in English with certificates in creating writing and rhetoric. She is also a preschool teacher and loves her little kiddos more than anything. Her ultimate goal is to one day be an English Professor.

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