A short nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. Naps can increase alertness in the period directly following the nap and may extend alertness a few hours later in the day. Napping has psychological benefits as it can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.
However, you need to keep in mind that if you take a nap too late in the day, it might affect your nighttime sleep patterns and make it difficult to fall asleep at your regular bedtime. If you try to take it too early in the day, your body may not be ready for more sleep.
Also, taking a short nap before driving can reduce a person’s risk of having a drowsy driving crash. Sleep experts also recommend that if you feel sleepy when driving, you should instantly pull over to a rest area, drink a caffeinated beverage and take a 20-minute nap.
Shift work, which means working a schedule that deviates from the typical “9 to 5” hours, may cause fatigue and performance impairments, especially for night shift workers. Naps and caffeine improve alertness and efficiency among night shift workers and that the combination of naps and caffeine has a great effect on that.
In conclusion, think about ways to incorporate naps into your daily routine. You need to know that getting enough sleep on regular basis is the best way to stay alert and feel your best. Still, when fatigue sets in, a quick nap can do wonders for your mental and physical stamina.