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An Afternoon Nap Might Be the Mental Boost You Need

By Stephen R. Farris

If you're an older adult, such as myself, most of you remember as a kid on those lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoons after eating lunch and relaxing afterwards, and eventually drifting off to sleep. Remember how you would feel afterwards? It was quite refreshing and a vibrant feeling and more alert.

Somewhere down the line generations after ours have been told those afternoon naps are not good for us health-wise. However, the latest research tends to rebuke that kind of thinking in regards to napping.

As a matter of fact, it actually produces a few health benefits in both young and old. Here's why.


According to research, folks over the age of 60 did better on cognitive testing versus those who didn't take an afternoon slumber. Also, it gives your brain a rest to help clear out some of the mambo jumbo cluttered up inside (at least for most of us.)


An afternoon nap doesn't have to last an hour or two to get results. Anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes is suggested by researchers, and the best time of day for it is between 1 and 3 p.m. That's kind of funny in a way, as that was usually the time we took our afternoon naps back in the day. Be aware, though, anything longer -- napping more than an hour -- could be from the lack of rest at night. You know, the suggested 7-8 hours that is normally needed to ensure proper rest.

Even some of the bigger corporations (mainly those associated in the tech industry) actually allow their employees to knock off for an afternoon nap. Now wouldn't it be great if a lot of other companies and corporations would embrace this idea even more?

In the meantime, you might try getting more rest at night and eating a more healthy diet, along with exercise if you find yourself needing to nap more than usual.

If you're seeking help with your back, neck, and joint issues, then take advantage of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. Drop in anytime -- no appointment is required -- not only for an adjustment that allows you to stand up straight, improve your mobility, but also guidance on how best to achieve the active, nutritional, and mental lifestyle you need for overall better health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clarksville, Tenn.

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