There’s an endless list of reasons why adopting the Spanish tradition of the siesta is a great idea. It’s also the source of many positive health benefits.
Revive Energy Levels
To maximize concentration and productivity, without losing too much time during the day, a quick 20-30 minute nap is the best way to rejuvenate the senses without spending hours in a fog. In fact, it’s also a great way to increase your personal creativity.
It Means No Worries
It’s never easy to squeeze in a nap when you’re always racing the clock. Yet, hitting the snooze button on your day is the best way to refresh the senses. It’s best to set aside a regular time to enjoy a siesta in a quiet, dark location. If that perfect napping spot isn’t easily available, earplugs and an eye mask may help provide the calm you need.
Do you often go to bed at night feeling exhausted, but find yourself unable to nod off? When we are sleep deprived, we often avoid napping during the day for fear that it will keep us up at night. Actually, it has been scientifically proven that a short nap can help you fall asleep more quickly at night.
For a Healthy Heart
Siestas are good for the mind and even better for your heart. A study conducted on over 20,000 people, over the course of six years, concluded that those participants who enjoyed a daily nap saw their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease cut by 37%.
Boost the Body’s Defenses
Naps also provide benefits to your immune system. This is no surprise, given its positive effects on stress, overall sleep, energy levels and cardiovascular health. In fact, naps even help improve our genetic makeup.
So come on everyone, it’s time for a little shut-eye!