A quick nap in some cultures is considered to be a sign of laziness, while in other cultures, like in Japan, it is viewed as a sign of dedication to work. Whatever your beliefs, we have all experienced that taking a power nap is refreshing and boosts our mental agility, and even science recommends doing it.
10-20 minutes: For a quick boost of alertness
According to experts, a power nap of 10-20 minutes gives you the best bang for your buck. It is ideal for boosting alertness and increasing energy levels. The short duration of a power nap is designed to prevent nappers from entering deep sleep. This enables hitting the ground running, after just waking up.
But as we all know, coming out of sleep after getting the sweet taste of it is difficult, so it’s recommended to perform it sitting slightly upright. Also, taking it after lunch, at around 3 or 4 PM, will help to stave off cravings for junk food and reduce the stress hormones that cause the body to hold on to weight, thereby aiding weight loss.