Afternoon Naps Recharge Brain, Lower Risk of Alzheimer's

      April 14, 2016 08:19

      On spring afternoons, many people struggle to fight off drowsiness brought on by a "food coma" or so-called spring fever. Taking a short nap of no more than 30 minutes in the afternoons has many health benefits and boosts your efficiency at work after lunch.

      Blood supply to the brain generally decreases after we eat lunch, so a short nap gives the brain time to rest.

      A nap can enhance your memory as well. Studies suggest that people who make a habit of taking a short nap under 30 minutes each day are at significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than those who don't.

      This is because when we sleep, certain memory-enhancing brainwaves are activated. Also, people who habitually take naps are reportedly more psychologically stable, motivated and good natured than those who don't.

      How can you ensure your naps will be effective? First of all, create the optimum environment for sleeping. Close the windows and turn off the lights and your mobile phone. Don't drink more than one cup of coffee a day; caffeine overstimulates the nerves and makes it harder to fall asleep.

      Try to take a nap at the same time every day, but not for too long. Set an alarm clock so that you don't fall into a long, extended sleep, which could keep you from sleeping soundly at night.

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