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“No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap."~Carrie Snow
True or false: Napping will make it harder to get a full night’s sleep.
According to Dr. Benjamin Smarr, a sleep research expert and National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, this and other beliefs about napping are not only misleading but could be detrimental to the mental and physical benefits that a bit of rest could afford.
In fact, some companies are so convinced that napping enhances performance, that it’s become somewhat of a workplace trend. In her 2016 article, The Science of Naps, Kirsten Weir said Ben & Jerry's, Zappos, Uber and even Google “have installed dedicated nap spaces in their headquarters, in hopes that some midday shuteye will boost employee productivity and creativity.” And according to a 2009 report by the Pew Research Center, a third of U.S. adults nap on any given day.
“While sleeping too much during a midday nap may be harmful to the natural circadian rhythm, 20 to 30 minutes of napping during the day will actually improve overall function throughout the day and even give you an evening boost, while not generally having any negative effects on how we sleep at night,” Smarr said. “A good nap is not a long interruption in the day, but a brief moment of respite, where we’re able to recharge. This actually improves our overall activity throughout the day and makes us productive for longer periods of time; it’s the smart move. And if we use that extra energy, we’re still left tired enough to get a full night’s sleep.”
Indeed, research has shown that naps can improve mood, reaction time, logical reasoning and symbol recognition. In fact, one study by Jennifer Goldschmied, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, found that after a 60-minute midday nap, people were less impulsive and had greater tolerance for frustration than people who watched an hour-long nature documentary.