Sunday, January 29, 2023

Napping: What Are Its Benefits And When Can It Be Harmful

It’s good for the heart and mind, but why isn’t it good for everything else?

Question: Where I live, when it is very hot, we take more naps. Everyone says it’s good for them, but I get severe headaches and wake up in a very bad mood. what could it be?
Argentina from Santiago del Estero M. Llanos.

in an article published in the journal health and heart It has been said: “Napping provides physical and mental benefits.” For example:

1) Prevents heart disease. Napping helps reduce the risk of stress and heart disease by up to 37%.

lack of sleep elevates cortisolAnd an excess of this hormone increases glucose and fat intolerance, weakens the muscle and immune systems, and lowers growth hormone levels, which can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

When you sleep, growth hormone is released, an antidote to cortisol, which stimulates the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety.




Taking a nap has physical and mental benefits. / Photo: shutterstock.

2) Lowers blood pressure. A study by the Allegheny College of Pennsylvania (USA) showed that people who took daily naps of up to 45 minutes and experienced stress and psychological stress experienced a decrease in their blood pressure and heart rate.

3) There is convenience in learning. A study from the University of Berkeley confirms that people who nap perform better in the afternoon and their learning ability increases by 10%. Sleep allows us to encounter new knowledge and to fix the knowledge we have already acquired. Post-lunch breaks boost workers’ productivity and school performance of children.

Improve alertness. A NASA study on 747 pilots showed that those who took a 26-minute nap a day made 34% fewer errors at work and doubled their alertness levels.

Norberto Abdala, psychiatrist

other benefits

4) Increase concentration. Naps (even six minutes) help improve any task that involves remembering words or lists of objects. Sleep facilitates short-term memory storage and makes room for new data.

5) Stimulates creativity. It boosts the activity of the area of ​​the brain that is associated with this ability.

6) Makes it easy to solve problems. If the REM stage of sleep (the stage of great brain activity in which we dream) is reached, it takes less time for them to make the distinct connections between thoughts.

Napping helps reduce the risk of stress and heart disease by up to 37%.

Norberto Abdala, psychiatrist

7) Improve alertness. A NASA study on 747 pilots showed that those who took a 26-minute nap a day made 34% fewer errors at work and doubled their alertness levels.

8) It favors abstraction. The children who blinked learned a sentence and its relationship to others, supporting abstract learning or the ability to detect general patterns of new information.

9) Encourage positivity. Another Berkeley study noted that people who nap and go through REM sleep have an increase in well-being, while those who don’t report more anger and fear.

If The Nap Is Long, It Can Increase The Risk Of Insomnia At Night.  / Photo: Shutterstock.


If the nap is long, it can increase the risk of insomnia at night. / Photo: shutterstock.

10) Improves mood. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, appetite and mood. And sleep floods our brains with serotonin, which provides a sense of contentment and well-being.

However, and although it may sound contradictory, napping is not good for everyone, because If it lasts for more than 60 minutes and leads to a deep stage of sleep Waking up may be accompanied by intense headache or emotional distress, an increased risk of suffering from certain physical ailments, or insomnia at night.

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