5 Surprising Lessons From Spain We Can Learn About Daytime Naps

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If you’ve been wondering how much sleep you should get, the answer is simple – it all depends on your body and its unique physiological factors. However, the accepted general recommendation falls into the range of 6 to 8 hours at night. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body lets you know in many ways such as being tired all the time, or getting sick constantly. No matter how well you eat and exercise, if you don’t get enough sleep, your health is compromised. (If you do have problems falling asleep, I recommend you take this natural supplement that regulates normal sleep/wake cycle.) Let’s say you get your 6-8 hours of sleep at night, should you nap? Wouldn’t it be too much sleep?

As you might know, some countries in Europe such as Spain are really big on daytime napping – Siesta. They close their businesses down for a couple of hours so people can take their naps. It’s been the tradition in Spain for the workers in the fields to avoid the heat and to get refreshed.  

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Daytime Naps

1. Daytime nap helps with premature aging.

This is why it’s called “beauty sleep.” Sleep helps rejuvenate your skin by producing growth hormones which renew old cells.

2. Daytime Napping Improves Performance.

According to a study (here)  , daytime napping  boosts your mental and physical activity. If you exercise a lot, napping will help you recover better and lead to better athletic performance.  Researchers agree that the ideal nap time should be between 20 to 40 minutes before you enter into deep sleep.

3. Napping aids in cell repair.

When we are asleep, our body is restoring itself. It produces protein that helps repair the damage done to our bodies during the day such as stress and any toxins.  Napping boosts growth hormone production which is responsible for tissue and muscular damage repairs.

4. Daytime napping improves memory.

According to these recent studies (here), daytime naps help to improve overall brain function. The researchers have discovered that naps aid in converting short-term memories into long-term ones by clearing the temporary storage part of the brain to make room for new information.

5. Daytime napping helps you lose weight.

Lack of sleep affects your hormones -leptin and ghrenlin. These hormones are responsible for your appetite, and when they are slightly out of order, it makes you eat more. Napping helps to keep these hormones in balance.

 Magnesium (this is what I use – here) can aid  you in calming the nerves and relaxing the muscles, which helps in getting a good sleep. 

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