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Friday, January 30, 2009

It's official - a nap is good for you!

I've always suspected that it was true and now it's official - napping is good for you. According to research, a nap at midday will boost alertness, creativity, mood and productivity later in the day. Apparently one Harvard study has shown that a 45 minute nap improves both learning and memory as well as having health benefits. For too long napping has been dismissed as a sign of laziness but in fact humans, like other mammals, are programmed for two periods of intense sleepiness rather than just one in the middle of the night. (Actually if we're talking about my pets then they are programmed for one period of intense sleepiness and it's 23 hours long). So let's hear it for napping. It's officially a Good Thing!

1 comment:

Jan Jones said...

That's excellent news, Nicola! So when I zonk out for fifteen minutes at half-past-two in the afternoon it's my body's natural programming, not me being totally unfit and unused to any sort of work! Yay!