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Why a Midday Nap is a Good Idea

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people give up naps for good sometime after kindergarten. Throughout young childhood, we’re forced to take naps. As we get older, we’re expected to stay awake without the need for more rest. But are we going about this little habit all wrong? Are we giving up on it too soon in life? As it turns out, a quick midday nap may be just what you need to improve your health. Take a look at these reasons why you should consider a midday nap every day.

It Can Help With Concentration

Have you ever noticed that at a certain point in the day, your concentration just wanes? This is normal and natural, but it’s also very frustrating. If you want to recharge your focus midday, a nap is a great way to do it. Rest for 20-30 minutes, and by the time you wake up, your body and mind will have had enough rest to allow your focus to start over and give you a few more hours of hard work.

It Can Help Your Mood

Let’s face reality: A lack of sleep makes us grumpy! The good news is that this can be avoided if we simply take a little nap. We may not feel exhausted or mind numbingly fatigued, but chances are good that our minds are still craving some rest. If we simply take a little nap in the middle of the day, we may find our overall mood improve, which will leave us feeling better than ever.

It Can Decrease Health and Accident Risks

A lack of sleep can harm your health -- heightened blood pressure, more stress, headaches. By getting more sleep, we may be lowering the risk of these and other health issues. Similarly, many accidents happen due to a lack of alertness caused by inadequate rest. While it can’t prevent all risk of injury or accident, a nap might keep you more focused at work, while you drive, and as you complete tasks throughout the day, thus keeping you safe and productive all day long.

Most people don’t get the luxury of a nap during the day, but if you can make it happen, it might be a great idea. Better health, improved focus, and enhanced productivity might follow this little habit. Carry a pillow, etch out a time in the day, and get the rest you need to feel your best and improve your health for good.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Gate, Calif.

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