[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]F[/su_dropcap]or many years, it was considered a colloquialism that naps were for children and the elderly; and that young, healthy, strong adults did not need naps. However, as more is uncovered about naps, their many health benefits and medical uses, it’s becoming clearer that these short bursts of rests taken during the day are actually very advantageous, even for strapping young adults in perfect health.
Napping has proven to be so beneficial, in fact, that medical researchers have actually found a few treatments for serious disorders using naps. For the average Joe, who doesn’t need a nap to treat an affliction, napping can still improve one’s mood, help their circadian sleeping patterns, aid in relaxation, and even improve alertness and performance.
The PAP Nap
A catchy name isn’t all the PAP nap is good for. This is a nap between 60 and 90 minutes to help people treat sleep apnea. Naps aid in helping technicians find the proper CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) equipment to use on the patients. Plus it provides a safe environment for those who need regenerative sleep the most.
The Clock Resets
We evolved with a day-night, sleep-wake cycle clock that works with the sun. This is why you feel the need to sleep when it’s dark. It isn’t just a societal habit that’s adopted by most people; it’s an actual byproduct of evolution. It’s also why we get tired during midday – the body hasn’t fully adjusted to the sunlight yet. A nap during this time of day can reset your clock, as it were, allowing you to rest peacefully during the night, when your body is supposed to be sleeping.
Narcolepsy is a condition wherein the inflicted individual’s brain cannot regulate its sleep-wake patterns and thus may suffer severe insomnia or even fall asleep at very inopportune times, like behind the wheel of a car or on the job. The most serious and common side effect of this disorder is an uncontrollable urge to sleep, and napping treatments can help to better regulate a person’s sleep-wake cycle.
Feeling good and being well rested go hand in hand, and this is why it is found that many who suffer from depression also suffer from sleeplessness. Napping can help a person recharge and regulate their sleep patterns, and thus it can help said person feel a lot better. Sleeping well can help to improve one’s mood and stave off the blues and even serious clinical depression.
For those who thought naps were just an overblown novelty, think again. The science surrounding naps is very thorough and quite conclusive. Napping has many different medical uses and health benefits, and adding naps to your schedule may improve your quality of life.
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