Napping is a very common habit among citizens of countries like Spain, although this activity is also carried out in other parts of the world. Specifically, it is about sleeping between half an hour or an hour, generally after lunch, with the aim of resting and recharging energy to face the rest of the day.
Experts point out that humans are the only animals that sleep once a day. The rest of the animals usually alternate phases of sleep and wakefulness throughout the day. Furthermore, from the Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC) indicate that science has been able to record how in recent years we have lost up to two hours of sleep.
For this reason, the snap It is an ideal activity to gain a few more hours of sleep during the day. And it is that rest is essential for health in general, even influencing by reducing the risk of developing numerous diseases.
Health benefits of napping
Despite the benefits of siesta for health, only a part of the population in Spain usually performs this activity. And it is that on many occasions, people hardly have time during the day to be able to carry out this healthy and restorative habit.
According to the Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC), these are some of the health benefits of taking a nap on a regular basis:
- Prevents the development of heart disease: According to the FEC, napping helps reduce stress by 37% and also the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Helps reduce blood pressure: Different scientific studies assure that sleeping snap daily for 45 minutes to an hour helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate
- Facilitates learning: A research work led by the University of Berkeley ensures that people who take a nap perform better in the afternoon and increase their learning capacity by 10%. And it is that the dream allows to face new knowledge and solidify the already acquired previously.
- Increases concentration: “There are numerous studies that show that napping (even for six minutes) helps improve any task that involves remembering lists of words or objects. Sleep facilitates short-term memory storage and makes room for new data. During sleep, recent memories are transferred from the hippocampus to the neocortex, our hard drive, where long-term memories are consolidated.”
On the other hand, professionals Spanish Heart Foundation they argue that napping also stimulates creativity. All this based on the results of different research works, such as the one carried out by neurologists at Georgetown University.
More favorable health effects
In addition, from the Spanish Heart Foundation they emphasize that the snap it helps solve problems, improves reflexes, favors abstraction or encourages positivity. These are some of the favorable effects of this activity related to rest.
Likewise, it also helps improve mood. From the FEC they emphasize that “serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep and mood. And sleep floods our brain with serotonin, which gives us a sense of contentment and well-being.”
In any case, a new research work carried out by the Laboratory of Sleep and Learning at Michigan State University (United States). affirms that the siesta should never replace the night sleep; if not, it should act as one more complement for adequate rest during the day.