Why Do Adults Need Nap Time?

June 12, 2011

Do you remember when you were a child and you hated taking naps and being told to sleep? And do you notice how now that you’re all grown up and tossed into this busy world, living with studies or work, you’d do anything for more Z’s or even just a nap? It’s really quite ironic. Ideally, grown ups don’t have to take naps if we get enough hours of sleep each night. But with our busy lifestyles, most people don’t get the ideal quantity and quality of sleep. This makes us more prone to being tired during the day, which actually makes us crave for a nap. And it’s not just that we want to take a nap, it’s a fact that we need it — napping is not just a luxury, it’s something that we need in order to function properly.

It's either you take a nap at the proper time, such as during your break time, or during the wrong time and possibly get fired.

Who doesn’t like naps?

We take naps for the obvious reason that it feels good, you certainly feel restored after you take a nap. Truth be told, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like napping. Taking a nap restores you emotionally and puts you in a better mood when you wake up. Come on, why wouldn’t you be happy if you were able to relax and take a nap? Well, so much for the shallow facts. Allow me to tell you more about why you need nap time and why they’re important.

Take a break, take a nap

There has been much research on people sleeping, and there have been lots of tests done to measure their reflexes, mental performance, ability to memorize and so on. And as you may have already guessed, people who are well-rested have better reflexes, perform better mentally, have a better memorizing ability, and are simply better overall. The definition of sleep is not mainly limited to the sleep you get at night, but even your ten-minute naps somewhat contribute to your betterment. Generally, it enhances alertness, mood, and mental performance — all of which would certainly be helpful in school and work. The key thing to remember though, is that there is a proper place and time for naps. Sleeping in class is a no-no, and sleeping during work might even get you fired. Use your free time or break time to take a nap. Even a short power nap can reduce drowsiness, increase your alertness and enhance your mental performance.

Now to sum things up, why do you need nap time? It’s good for you and helps you function better in what you do. Now, I leave these things to you: Do you want to function better with less drowsiness, or do you want to be groggy and function inefficiently? If your answer isn’t the latter one, I suggest that you take a nap. It’ll only take a few minutes, and the results are fantastic. So why won’t you go ahead and have one now?