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You May Take Some Things Lying down for Health

By Tom Herrin

Most people think of doing something really proactive to improve their health.  Many times, that is the best option.  The feeling of taking control of things that impair health is something that most people like.  When it is simpler than getting out there and taking charge, it may seem hard to believe.  The fact is that everything that can be good for health is not always all that involved.  Sometimes things much less difficult can productive.  One of those is a good nap.  Believe it or not, a nap may be just what some people need for their health.

It May Help Improve Relationships

The fact that those who are short on sleep are also short on patience is no new news.  When they are tired and sleep deprived, emotions seem to be on edge.  Most people have experienced this with someone close to them such as a spouse, partner, parent, or other person in a close relationship.  According to research from the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, lack of  sleep lessens self-control and interferes with those natural abilities to minimize prejudices.  A good nap can often seem to make a dramatic improvement in mood and overall likability.

It May Help Improve Overall Physical Condition

When people fail to get enough sleep, their physical performance may suffer.  According to a Stanford University study, athletes often fail to get adequate amounts of sleep and suffer as a result.  Reaction times appear to be impaired from lack of sleep as well.  In the study, those who got more sleep in a three-week period had better sprint times, better endurance, and lower heart rates.  Workouts seemed to be better overall.  

It Can Help People Recover from Being up All Night

Too many of us pull those long nights full of activities a lot.  It is pretty easy to overdo it without really planning to.  There have been countless times when I have stayed up all night and felt beaten only to take a short nap and go again much more refreshed.  It is amazing just what a nap can do.  It really is like a breath of fresh air.  I have tried it and seen it work well.  Try adding naps to your schedule at an appropriate time, and see the difference it makes.  It may have a substantial effect on your overall mental and physical function.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Valley City, Utah.

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