The Lost Art of Napping

If someone had told me how valuable naps would become in the future, I would have treated them like the hot commodity that they are now and would have never refused one when I was five.

To be able to snuggle onto a cot with a blanket and my favorite stuffed animal all full from my afternoon snack and drift into a lullaby of blissfulness would be my idea of a perfect afternoon every single day.

Unfortunately this perfect afternoon is something most college students can only dream about. Us college students barely get enough sleep as it is, and with hectic day schedules that leave little room for even grabbing lunch, much less taking time to settle into a bed for a quick snooze, napping seems unfeasible!

But I am convinced that napping is essential to the college lifestyle, and if you haven’t learned this yet than you have not fully understood the art of napping. Napping is a science and it needs to be treated as such. The length of a nap, the location of a nap and the time of day the nap is taken are all important factors that contribute to this science.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the United States as a nation has become more and more sleep deprived. And it may be our busy lifestyle that keeps us from napping. While naps do not necessarily make up for a lack of sleep the night before, a short 20-minute power nap can help to improve mood, alertness and performance.

That means better grades, fewer mistakes and less irritability!

Now I’m not condoning skipping class to catch some Zzz’s in the Student Center or suggesting you plan your spring semester schedule solely around a 2 p.m. power nap, but just realize naps can be very beneficial.

In other words, take ‘em when you can, your body will thank you later.

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