Healthy Living :
Thinking about bringing naptime back? Read up on the where, when, and how to getting the most out of your midday snooze without feeling groggy.
Ah, naps. Some swear by them, others think they’re overrated. Whichever way you stand, the health benefits of napping are real. Just like toddlers get cranky without a nap, sleep-deprived grown-ups can get irritable, too.
Despite the upsides touted by famous nap-takers (Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, John F. Kennedy, just to name a few) and other devoted daytime snoozers, many still perceive naps as a sign of laziness.
But science says it’s just the opposite. Catching zzz’s in the middle of the day can perk up your mood, improve your memory and productiveness, and make you feel more alert. A study published in the journal Sleep found that even a short nap helps cognitive performance and reduces sleepiness.