The afternoon nap is a well-known phenomenon. However, new research believes that you should be doing it as much as possible.
If you’re not barely following this sentence in a half-conscious mid-afternoon stupor, you’re missing out. Yes, the nanna/disco/cat-nap is the latest social construct to be given the rising thumb of scientific approval.
Second only the sex in the perfectly normal bodily function your mum judges you for, the nap is an international mainstay. In the clueless Western world, about 50 percent of us report taking a nap at least once per week.
However, napping rates are greater in places that treasure the siesta culture, which socially affords one the opportunity to have a mid-afternoon kip in order to recharge for the evening’s revelry. I’m looking at you (in abject envy) Greece, Spain and Brazil. In those such countries, up to 72 percent will nap as often as four times per week.
Other than quickly repairing our moods (and perhaps the longevity of our inter-personal relationships), recent research has discovered that ability to learn a new skill, was considerably greater following a brief afternoon nap. In fact, some non-drowsy know it all types believe that the overall benefits of naps are similar to those experienced after consuming caffeine, but sans the nasty side effects of caffeine dependence.
I feel personally attacked by the previous sentence.
According to the below graph (which I made up), the afternoon nap is an altruistic pursuit. It’s not necessarily solely for the benefit of the napper, as the napee, which is to say, everyone else who has to deal with your shit sees increasing improvement in the levels of tolerance they have of your existence.
But, how long should your nap go for? Experts believe that 90 minutes is the optimal length of a nap, as that represents a normal sleep cycle. Anything beyond that, or short of 180 minutes, and you’ll be subject to the world ending grip of drowsy hell when you stir.
That being said, if you’re feeling dangerous, and want to blend your addictions, the concept of the coffee-nap is a thing. But it’s only for the most alpha of lounge snoozing types. Beware.
So, just rest up. Shh. That’s it. Pop your tunes on, put on your ideal aircon. Don’t mind me. I’ll let myself out.