I’m a big fan of afternoon naps.
However, as a college-student, I don’t often get to indulge in this guilty pleasure.
Which is why I am super-psyched to spend my first day of Spring Break 2016 getting some much needed rest.
Now, while sleeping all day isn’t as beneficial as it seems, studies show that taking the time to nap during your hectic day can be very beneficial to your health and well-being.
The Benefits of Napping
Studies show that napping improves cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. Naps also benefit the learning process, helping us take in and retain information better. While we sleep our brain’s temporary storage area is cleared of information, getting it ready for new information to be absorbed.
“You can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping,” says Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D, sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. “You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and an increase in motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.”
Check out the info-graphic below to get the most out of your nap time.