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  • Research has shown a full night’s sleep is  good for your memory, mood, and immune system  

  • just to name a few benefits. But what about  taking a nap during the day? Is it helpful or  

  • harmful? How does the length of the nap impact  you? And is there an optimal time to grab a quick  

  • snooze? Thankfully researchers have looked into  this too, and much like an unconscious body on  

  • a couch in the afternoon sun, the results need  to be laid out. Depending on a person’s age,  

  • napping is downright necessary. Generally  speaking, the younger a person is, the more  

  • sleep their developing brains & bodies needso experts recommend that newborns get 14 to  

  • 17 hours of sleep, while preschoolers should get  10 to 13 hours of shuteye every day. That's a 

  • long time to spend unconsciousthat's like cat-levels of napping

  • so it’s not going to happen all in a row. The kiddos  

  • need to take naps, no matter how much they  kick and scream when they hear it’s nap time

  • Guidelines also say that kids age 6 to 13  should get anywhere from 9 to 11 or even 12  

  • hours of sleep daily, so if youre in junior high  and keep nodding off in class, let the teacher  

  • know a science YouTube video says it’s healthyIt won’t get you out of detention but your  

  • instructors can share a good laugh later in the  teacher’s lounge. Once people are adults though,  

  • do they really need to sneak in a siesta? Strictly  speaking, it doesn’t seem like something we as a  

  • species need to do. Our modern way of life with  our 9 to 5 jobs and our fancy electric light bulbs  

  • might have altered how we sleep compared to our  ancient ancestors. So to see if that’s the case,  

  • researchers studied 94 individuals from  current-day hunter-gatherer groups in Tanzania,  

  • Namibia, and Bolivia who live more like humans  did 10,000 years ago. While almost all of them  

  • would take a break in the middle of the day  when the sun was beating down, none of them  

  • would take that time to catch some Zs. So it doesn’t look like napping is  

  • something humans would do intrinsically if  it weren’t for the demands of modern life

  • Napping isn’t necessary for adults, but it  still could have potential upsides. Because  

  • our brains go through different stages during  sleep, the benefits of a nap are correlated with  

  • its length. If you find yourself slowing down  in the middle of the day after lunch, a quick  

  • 20 minute power nap could be all you need to wake  up feeling refreshed and alert. A short nap could  

  • also help your memory in some ways, but longer  naps could have bigger benefits to learning and  

  • recall. Konking out for 60 minutes could help  you with remembering vocabulary or directions

  • Staying asleep for an hour to an hour and a half  will allow your brain to enter REM sleep and some  

  • research has found that the benefits for learning  are on par with getting a full night’s rest

  • The perfect nap length will  vary from person to person

  • The 20 minute power nap isn’t a hard and  fast rule; you may get the same benefits  

  • from as little as 10 minutes of  sleep or as much as 45 minutes.  

  • Be warned though: allowing your brain to  go into the deep sleep stage could lead to  

  • what’s calledsleep inertia,” where you  wake up feeling groggy and paradoxically  

  • more tired. Taking a nap at the wrong time of day  can also make it difficult to fall asleep later  

  • that night. If youre on that 9 to 5 grind, try  to avoid napping after 4 pm. I guess that means  

  • youll have to nap at work. Again do not try  to pin this on me if your boss doesn’t approve

  • Regular nappers appear to get more out of  it than those who don’t doze off daily

  • They might feel sharper and in better  spirits compared to their counterparts,  

  • who feel sluggish after waking.I wish I could say  this was a case where they had honed their napping  

  • abilities by being dedicated to their craft  because it would mean I finally have a chance to  

  • truly be great at something, but it’s possible  that people who nap regularly choose to do so  

  • because they get benefits from it. In other wordstheyre a self-selecting bunch, and people who  

  • find themselves feeling icky after a nap likely  won’t do it as often. If you fall into that second  

  • category of people then maybe naps just aren’t  for you, but hey at least there’s always coffee

  • If you have trouble getting to sleep you may use  a white noise machine, but would it help more if  

  • your noise was pinker? Check out my video on  pink noise here. Let us know in the comments   

  • if youre team nap or team no sleep, be sure  to subscribe, and thanks for watching Seeker!

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    Summer posted on 2022/04/04
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