Health

It Turns Out An Afternoon Nap Is More Than A Guilty Pleasure

Research shows that afternoon naps are actually good for you.

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Most dream about taking a nap to get through the afternoon slump. Don’t lose hope, there’s a new reality you might want to wake up to.

Once associated with the babies and elderly, naps are now recommended for sleep-deprived souls—rejuvenating tired minds and bodies with short bouts of slumber. Break rooms are giving way to nap rooms in companies across the nation and a growing number of universities are adding futuristic nap pods and lounges to campuses. Arianna Huffington touts afternoon naps as a performance-enhancing tool in her new best-selling book, The Sleep Revolution, and is taking her message to students on a college tour with sleep experts.

According to a Gallup Poll, more than 40% of Americans get less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. With more research showing that a short snooze can help mitigate the effects of sleep deprivation, it’s no surprise that the idea of taking a nap is taking off.

A nap shouldn’t be viewed as a guilty pleasure, but rather, as a useful means to escape stress and revitalize ourselves.

In a recent study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), researchers found that a short nap could reverse the negative health effects of a night of poor sleep, and also reduce stress and bolster the immune system. Their data also suggests that a 30 minute nap can reverse the hormonal impact of a night of poor sleep. Other studies have shown that naps improve memory, alertness, performance, and productivity.

“Quality sleep is essential to quality of life,” says Hugh Landes, US Director of Sales for luxury British bed maker Vispring. “If you’re not getting a solid night’s rest, it’s important to examine your habits and environment to ensure you get your best sleep– even if it’s just 20 minutes.”

You don’t have to have a high-tech energy pod to catch a few good z’s. With high quality basics and a relaxing ambiance you can create your own sleep-inducing space at home. Vispring offers these tips on how to transform your bedroom into a haven for getting your best sleep—nap time and any time.

THE QUALITY EXPERIENCE

The most important element of your room is the mattress. “When it comes to sleep, it is the quality that counts,” says Landes. To ensure the most comfortable experience, Vispring recommends choosing a mattress custom-made from natural materials to fit your body and regulate body temperature.

COMFORT MATTERS

Beautiful bedding is inviting but comfort is king, so be sure to choose high quality dressings made from organic fibers. Start with a plush topper and finish it with layers of crisp, cool cotton sheets and lightweight linen-covered duvets during the warmer summer season and heavier bed fashions made from mohair, cashmere, or wool during the colder months.

RELAXING IS PRICELESS

Dress your room with alluring, serene elements that appeal to your senses, such as plush pillows, soft throws, and nature-inspired art. Add relaxing scents, such as lavender, and a quiet fan to promote relaxation. To enhance your comfort level, choose an upholstered headboard over a wood or iron one. Its sumptuous styling not only creates a luxurious ambiance, but also helps to control sound and maintain heat in the room to ensure a more restful experience.

Whether it’s a bespoke mattress made to fit your body or a scent you love, luxury is personal. Pamper yourself with individualized comforts and don’t skimp on quality. Investing in your sleep environment is investing in your health and happiness.