To Nap Or Not To Nap

Bedstar offer much more than a range of quality beds and mattresses, we’re also here to help you improve your quality of sleep. So once you have your bedroom furniture sorted, bedstar are here reveal just what is and isn’t good for healthy sleep.

A post lunch nap may sound more like the lifestyle of a toddler here in the UK but on the continent they have been taking siestas for a long time, and evidence is starting to emerge that they are on to a good thing. Several studies lately have suggested that taking a nap can have wide ranging effects from improving learning to increasing life expectancy.

We know that a good night’s sleep can help people to learn actions but learning facts seems to be helped too by shorter sessions. People have shown improved memory and faster responses to visual cues after a nap in comparison to others who did not get any sleep. This supports the theory that newly learned skills integrate into our brains while we’re asleep, even for a short time.

If curling up in bed for half an hour each afternoon appeals to you, you are not alone. Throughout history some of the brightest and best have been advocates of napping including Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and even Napoleon apparently appreciated a quick duvet break.

Lately napping has been implicated in stress relief too, potentially reducing the amount of stress hormones in our bodies. Lowering stress is great news for your health; a study has shown those who take day time naps are 40% less likely to die from heart disease than those who don’t nap.

So if you have an important meeting one afternoon or an exam late in the day, hitting the mattress for 20 to 30 minutes can calm you down and consolidate what’s on your mind. It goes to show that whilst a good night’s sleep is as important as ever, getting your head down for 40 winks can be beneficial to your health, mood and learning too.