Power napping. Did you know that you can give your body and soul a big boost during daytime in only 5 minutes? A 5 minute nap is more useful than you would ever think. In Spain, they call it a “siësta”, but most people just call it a “power nap” these days. In Vietnam and China, a nap in the afternoon is conventional as well. Usually, people do this during the hottest part of the day.
Research shows that a nap like that has a favourable effect on you. The positive effect differs from person to person, but in general it improves your alertness, creativity and memory. Just see it as an energy boost. ‘If you don’t sleep enough for a long time, your body will compensate by sleeping deeper and more efficient. It’s not possible to catch up on hours of sleep you have missed. Furthermore, resting during daytime is different from resting during nighttime. During daytime, you don’t sleep as deeply, as efficiently or as long.’ says psychologist Caroline Kluft, who works at the Sleeping Centre of MC Haaglanden.
According to sleep experts, a power nap should not take longer than half an hour. If it takes longer, it will take more effort to wake up.