Naps are a pretty polarizing topic. You either love them or avoid them and their grogginess-inducing qualities. For the nap lovers who…
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) led by Sara Mednick, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California-Riverside, found that the benefits of sleep can be reaped not just from your night-time sleep, but from a good day-time nap too. If ever there was a reason to take a day time disco nap? According to Sara Mednick, the nap group performed 40 per cent better because of the increased rapid eye movement time they got thanks to the shut eye.
Whether it’s a quick disco nap before a night out, a sneaky bit of shut-eye on the commute to work or a Sunday afternoon snooze-fest, naps are the absolute best. New research on sleep habits by the American College of Cardiology has revealed that long naps are actually bad for our health.
Experts believe that actually sleeping once a day at night isn’t actually beneficial to us. In an article published in the Conversation, Dr Melinda Jackson, a psychologist who specialises in sleep disorders at RMIT University, and Siobhan Banks, sleep researcher at the University of South Australia suggest that so-called segmented, or bi-modal sleeping was actually par for the course way back when.
The study carried out at the University of Pennsylvania said: ‘If someone goes to sleep at 11pm and wakes up at 5am (versus an intended 7:30am), they [should] start their day, rather than lie awake in bed. Director of the Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program Michael Perlis PhD said: ‘Those with insomnia typically extend their sleep opportunity (aka lie in bed for longer).
“I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink. I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink,” wrote John Lennon back in 1968. Many of us in 2016 can still relate to the lyrics Lennon wrote nearly 50 years ago. Feeling less tired after a bad night’s rest is part art, part science. Herein our tips for feeling rested when you haven’t slept a wink.