It has been proven the human body was meant to have a mid-afternoon nap, according to a new consensus among sleep researchers who are studying the biological rhythms of sleep and alertness. Doctors, scientists and health experts agree that the many benefits of napping are unrecognized and underappreciated by many.
"The majority of Americans are sleep deprived -- they aren't getting enough nighttime sleep," says Bill Anthony, PhD, author of The Art of Napping. "Since most people can't rearrange their lives to get more sleep -- with two jobs, child care, elder care, long commutes, whatever it happens to be -- we recommend they learn how to nap."
"Naps are one of the most powerful alertness strategies," says Mark Rosekind, PhD, president and chief scientist at Alertness Solutions. "It is the only strategy that gets directly to the 'sleep debt' we rack up at night when we don't get the amount we need." When you're not getting enough sleep, it can degrade all aspects of who you are -- affect your judgment and decision making. It can reduce your reaction time, your memory, your communication skills, and these things can go down 20%-50%."
• Increase Performance and Productivity
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Source: *Recovery of Sleep, Performance, and Mood Following 38 Hours of Sleep Deprivation Using Naps as a Countermeasure Authors: J. L. Caldwell; John A. Caldwell Jr.; Jose Colon; Peggy S. Ruyak; Stephanie Ramspott; ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
**1986, Scott Campbell, now at Institute for Circadian Physiology in Boston and Max Planck Institute in Munich, West Germany.