Whether you are an expert napper or you are just learning how to do it, a nap can be very beneficial for your mind and body. A 20-40 minute nap can boost cognition by up to 40%.
Naps are also great for reducing hypervigilance and increasing emotional stability. When you sleep, you are less likely to be triggered by people's emotional expressions, which can make you feel more relaxed and calm.
Research has also shown that a short nap can improve your memory. The slow-wave sleep in naps helps to consolidate your learning, and it can also help you to remember the motor skills needed for tasks like typing or driving.
What's more, a nap is a great way to get your energy levels back up after a day of work. Then when you wake up, you can go about your day refreshed and ready to focus again on the important tasks at hand.
Getting the most out of your naps can be tricky though. You need to pick the right time of day, the correct position to nap in and avoid caffeine after 3 pm - it can disrupt your sleep pattern and stay in your system for up to six hours!
The best way to get the most out of your nap is by using a powerful nap meditation. We have designed our nap meditation with Mindfulness expert David Mayes, to help you relax and switch off so that you can enjoy the benefits of a power nap, and feel reenergised by the end of your afternoon.