As George Bernard Shaw said, “A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.” Geoge Bernard Shaw is correct on how important sleep is to especially old people. But studies have shown that sleep and naps is not only mandatory for young kids and the elder but also for teens, young adults, and middle-aged people. Napping is magnificent for people's health. An important fact stated in the article "The Secret Truth about Napping" is that "The human body operates according to an internal clock. This clock operates in relation to the Earth's pattern of darkness at night and bright light during the day. When a person's internal clock is in sync with her or his habits, the person can most likely sleep well at night and remain awake and alert all day." Napping helps make less and more minor mistakes, helps memory, and energizes and refreshes human bodies. Although sleeping at night is enough, taking frequent naps helps the body and is beneficial.
First, resting assists making insignificant and fewer mistakes than a tired person makes. People can also take naps as a way of making less mistakes than a tired person does. " A team of researchers led by David F. Dinges, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, found that letting subjects nap for as little as 24 minutes improved their cognitive performance. So even short naps can reduce the number of mistakes a tired person makes." "After a nap, people tend to be happier and more alert. They do better work and avoid mistakes." (The Secret Truth about Napping). When a person is tired, they tend to make a lot of mistakes and don't know what is right and should be done. They start to sleep and drift between consciousness and unconsciousness. When this occurs, people start to do things wrong and not think about it. Those people begin to make mistakes and they get bigger and bigger. Sleeping the correct amount according to the recommended hours of sleep each night is important and helps people make a small amount of errors.
Second, napping improves people's memory. "The main take away seems to be that a deep sleep, whether it is nighttime sleep or a day-time nap, primes the brain to function at a higher level, allowing us to come up with better ideas, find solutions to puzzles more quickly, identify patterns faster and recall information more accurately." ( The Secret Truth About Napping) "In fact, studies show that taking a short nap after learning new information may help humans remember that information better!" (Dr. Daniel Vesslor, M.D.) Admittedly, oversleeping can cause life-long health issues. There are a lot of disorders caused by oversleeping the normal amount of sleep you should get. Diabetes. obesity, headaches, and heart disease. These are serious problems and are deadly if not treated right away. Yet, "If you routinely lose sleep or choose to sleep less than needed, the sleep loss adds up. The total sleep lost is called your “sleep debt.” For example, if you lose 2 hours of sleep each night, you'll have a sleep debt of 14 hours after a week." (How Much Sleep is Enough) Some sleep-deprived disorders include "a foggy brain, worsened vision, impaired driving, and trouble remembering. Long-term effects include obesity, insulin resistance, and heart disease." Sometimes, those who sleep less "often have trouble concentrating. They also become grumpy." (The Secret Truth about Napping) Sleep is important to maintain a healthy, fit body.
Third, naps and rests helps energize the human body. "Some people nap as a way to deal with sleepiness. Naps may provide a short-term boost in alertness and performance." (How Much Sleep is Enough) In the article "The Secret Truth about Napping", several prominent people have rested several times within a day to deal with their jobs. "Many famous historical figures have been nappers. American presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton all took frequent naps to help them deal with the pressures of leading a powerful nation. Napoleon Bonaparte, a French emperor, often gave rousing speeches at a moment's notice. Perhaps this was due to his habit of taking frequent naps. Winston Churchill, who helped lead the Allied Powers to victory during World War II, slept for at least an hour every afternoon. He stated that a nap could renew a person's energy." A teacher called Anton Anderson created the Power Napping Club so students could rest and get a 20 minute nap. "The Power Napping Club co-president emphasizes the boost that naps provide. 'Obviously, it's no substitute for sleep, but I definitely feel more relaxed afterward,' she says." In Dr. Daniel Vesslor, M.D.'s letter, he stated that, "On nights when you don't get enough sleep, napping can help to recharge your body and increase your mental alertness." Dr. Daniel Vesslor, M.D. also said that, "Napping for several hours during the day can make it hard for you to fall asleep at night. It can also be difficult to wake up after a long nap. Naps with lengths between 10 and 20 minutes have been shown to increase productivity, decrease fatigue, and improve mood. They also don't cause the post-nap weariness that accompanies longer naps." Dr. Daniel Vesslor, M.D. told the 12-year old boy,"I recommend that if you decide to take a nap, you should do so right after you get home from school. Set a timer for 10 to 20 minutes so that you don't oversleep. You will most likely wake up refreshed and have more energy to focus on your homework in the evening." Napping and having enough rest is a major part of health.
Napping is a plus for a healthier body and can help people throughout their daily life. Resting in the day not only helps people make fewer, minor mistakes, have a more accurate memory, and energize the body. Napping saves hundreds of lives for those who can't stay awake the entire day and for those who need extra energy. Napping is a positive action and should not be overlooked. The more people who nap the more robust people are. Nap for Life!