The Afternoon Secret to a Super Brain (But There’s a Catch)
Dear Turapür Today Reader,
A catnap, a siesta, resting your eyes…
Whatever you call it, there’s nothing quite like an afternoon nap to recharge our batteries… and give you a clearer mind.
It’s been well-documented that seniors who made it a habit to take an afternoon nap had better recall and thinking ability than those who didn’t.
But have you ever taken an afternoon nap and woke up feeling like the walking dead?
It happens to a lot of people… and there’s a scientific reason behind it.
It turns out, you can nap TOO long!
And napping for a long period of time can actually MESS with your brain.
That’s right, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins, catching a few ‘ZZZs’ after lunch can be good for your brain… but the length of your nap is critical.
According to a study from the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center, 30- to 90-minute naps in older adults have brain benefits. BUT, anything longer than an hour and a half may create problems with cognition, the ability to think and form memories.
They found that people who napped for 30 to 90 minutes had better word recall – which is a sign of good memory – than people who did not nap or who napped for LONGER than 90 minutes.
People who napped for that golden 30 to 90 minute ‘sweet spot’ were also better at figure drawing, another sign of good cognition.
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So how in the world does that extra 30 minutes of sleep really screw with your brain?
According to the study, resting too long during the day messes with the sleep you get at night.
This poor-quality nighttime sleep – the kind that requires extra-long napping during the day – can lead to cognitive problems.
Longer naps can also lead to other issues, like temporary grogginess and in some cases INSOMNIA!
But don’t worry… there’s no need to give up your afternoon nap. You just need to find that right balance.
According to the study, the best time for older adults to take to nap is between 1 and 4 p.m. because of their sleep-wake cycles.
Ideally, the nap should last between 20 and 40 minutes to avoid feeling groggy immediately after you wake up.
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Department of Research, Turapür Products
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