Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Nanna Nap is good for us!

I seem to have sleep on my mind lately! I recently blogged about the benefits of a good night's sleep but I have since learnt that a quick nap in the afternoon also has amazing health benefits. So, here are my top 5 reasons why we should all take an afternoon "Nanna Nap" as often as possible:

1. Taking 40 winks in the middle of the day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease.
2. Stress levels are lower in those who nap. 
 3. Camile and William Anthony, the authors of The Art of Napping at Work (Larson Publication,1999), believe that a 20 minute nap could improve one's overall alertness and increase productivity.
 4. Napping could help overcome sleep deprivation. (See an earlier blog on the study showing that a lack of sleep may play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease.)  
 5. I only need to nap for 5 minutes a day and I will get some kind of benefit. The Ririanproject.com explores some of the different styles of napping:

THE NANO-NAP: like when you nod off on someone’s shoulder on the train.

THE MICRO-NAP: the 2-5 minute nap helps shed sleepiness.

THE MINI-NAP: 5 to 20 minute nap helps to increase alertness and motor performance.

THE 20 minute POWER NAP: improves muscle memory and clears the brain of redundant information thus helping with long-term memory.

Now, if I could just have my nap in one of these dreamy bedrooms from


Best wishes for a happy day/night,
Natasha In Oz

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The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.
  Napoleon Bonaparte


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