The mid-day snooze has traditionally been viewed as a habit of lazy or uninspired people. However, this perception has recently taken a full turn – and rightly so. Popular articles on the performance enhancing effects of catching a few z’s taken by NFL and NBA players and Olympic, college, and high school athletes has underscored the value of resting.
Other benefits of napping are:
Improved health from a boost of hormones which support the immune system
Increased alertness and reduced errors on task requiring attention to detail
Improved mood due to an elevation of ‘feel good’ serotonin
Increased relaxation provided by taking a short break from daily stresses
Improved memory from the consolidation of memories into long term storage
Reduced fatigue from a natural source!