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7 Reasons to Nap More!

Work, school, and just everyday life has a way of keeping you busy and sometimes even too busy to get the proper amount of sleep! But taking out even a small amount of time a day for a quick nap can rejuvenate your body and mind.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. Contrary to belief, naps aren't just for babies or the elderly, just about anyone and everyone can benefit from a nap.

Here are a few reasons to indulge in a quick snooze:

It can help you learn!

Yes, you read that right, multiple studies have revealed data showing that short naps after learning something can help you absorb the information five times better than if you don’t nap. One study from Saarland University in Germany showed that naps between 45 to 60 minutes could significantly boost brain power. Some areas around the world have even adopted rules and policies that allows naps in schools or the workplace.

It can keep help you maintain a healthy weight!

A study from Stanford University revealed that a less sleep triggers your body’s production of gherkin, the hormone that makes you want to eat more, and decreases the level of leptin, the hormone that gives you the feeling of being full. They showed that sleep duration was an important regulator for weight and metabolism.

It can lower blood pressure!

Research from a 2011 study revealed that naps could have a positive impact on cardiovascular health including lowering blood pressure. Following a stress test, researchers found that participants who napped for at least 45 minutes during the day had lower average blood pressure after than those who did not sleep.

It can help you look younger!

Napping is redefining the term “beauty rest.” Researchers from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center have found that napping can be beneficial for your skin health. More specifically, the research showed that sleep reversed the appearance of fine lines, reduced signs of skin aging, improved the recovery rate from environmental stressors, and improved recovery from UV radiation exposure. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!

It can lift your mood!

Naps have been proven to improve your mood and emotional regulation, like reducing impulsiveness and increasing your tolerance of frustration. When you are sleep deprived, functioning normally becomes difficult and your mood can begin to change because of it. Yet sleeping for a short period of time can help relax your body and mind which can improve your mood.

It can boost your performance!

Research has shown that naps can be better than caffeine for a boost in alertness and performance. One study found that people who napped performed better on a verbal word-recall task after waking from a nap compared to people who took caffeine.

It’s good for your heart!

Napping doesn’t only provide mental and intellectual benefits, it also provides physical benefits as well by keeping your heart healthy! One study showed that participants who napped for 30 minutes were less likely to suffer from a heart condition. With no naps, working men have a 64% more risk of dying from a heart condition.

Sleep is an important part of your overall health. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, taking naps is the next best thing to help rejuvenate your body and mind. Another way to help you stay healthy and happy is to understand your health. Understanding your body and how healthy you are can help you make better decisions about your health, like how much sleep you should be getting.

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That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

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