5 Health Benefits of Taking A Nap

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Taking a nap usually carries scrutiny, especially in the workplace. But, according to researchers, napping can help improve memory, thinking, and even sexual performance.

Don’t believe me? Here are seven health benefits of taking a quick nap.

1. It Makes You Smarter

It doesn’t make you a genius, but it does, however, give you a bit more intelligent. A group of German researchers suggests that napping can improve memory function right after learning new information; about five times better than when awake.

2. It Improves Your Eating Habits

According to a Stanford University study, the less sleep you get, the more likely you are to binge eat. The hormone gherkin is triggered when your body lacks sleep, causing increased appetite, and potential unwanted weight gain.

3. It Makes You A Better Intimate Partner

Are you always fighting with your significant other? Well, you may need to check your sleeping routines. The University of California, Berkely found some impressive results during a study: Taking naps can make you less agitated. So, if you’re the type always to start arguments, perhaps try napping.

4. It Lowers The Risk For Heart Problems

If your nights are spent with insomnia or anxiety, then these issues could cause your blood vessels to become less flexible, increasing the risk of heart disease, based on a British study. However, to those who had a good night sleep afterward, reported having healthy vessels again.

5. It Stabilizes Melatonin In The Brain

Melatonin, a hormone responsible for many functions, including sleep, is commonly suggested as an over-the-counter treatment for insomnia. However, if you live outside of the US or Canada, then you may need a prescription — sorry. The more you initiate sleep, the more stable the melatonin levels when released in the brain.

Convinced? If not, then share your thoughts in the comments below and Happy National Napping Day!

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Jose Florez is the founder of Mental Daily. His work has appeared in Psychology Today, Glamour, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, among others. He is a mental health advocate, and currently studying psychology.