Can Napping Help You Feel Less Tired?

Can Napping Help You Feel Less Tired?

3 Types of Napping:

Planned napping - before you actually become very tired and need to sleep.

Emergency napping - driving and being forced to stop for a nap.

Habitual napping - regular daily nap as part of a lifestyle/routine.


A National Sleep Foundation article says that:

  • Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%.
  • Naps can increase alertness in the period directly following the nap and may extend alertness a few hours later in the day.
  • Scheduled napping has also been prescribed for those who are affected by narcolepsy.
  • Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.

Napping can have a negative impact on your sleep so you should monitor how each nap effects your sleep and wellbeing.

Studies show that a 8-10 minutes nap can boost brain function and reduce tiredness.

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