Five Reasons You Should Nap
Napping is a time honored past time for the young, the elderly, and those of us in really boring classes. However there are more than a few reasons that should have you setting yourself up with a blanket, a pillow, and two hours off.
1: What else are you doing?
If your answer to this question is “saving lives” than please, don’t nap. But in college our time is split into a few main categories; work, panic, eating, partying, and being on the internet while tired for no real reason. When you catch yourself doing that, say, on Wikipedia reading about the backgrounds of the voice-actors for Disney characters, take stock of your situation. Are you more or less doing absolutely nothing? Go all the way with it and take a nap. Your body will thank you.
Did you know there are a lot of studies that show that the optimal form of sleeping is based on R.E.M. sleep cycles? And that these cycles tend to be activated deepest in two-hour spurts? It’s true, and that means a medium length nap can get as deep a sleep as your full nights. Deeper, too; if you’re sleeping in breaks at your most tired you’re more likely to feel better rested than you otherwise would be.
Quick! You have a large project to do, or a party to go to. But there’s a problem. You have to wake up early in the morning too. Without a nap, this might be impossible. You’re going to have to turn in earlier than you’d like to prepare for the morning or you’re going to have to endure misery before you…have to nap anyway. Take a nap to prepare and consider it a snack-pack of sleep to keep you going through your sleep-hunger (metaphors, yo.) With a little preparation you can use naps to prevent a crash later.
4: Time Management
While it may sound counter-intuitive, napping is a huge time management tool in college. It let’s you manage your sleep schedule true, but it also keeps you in control of your energy schedule; coffee can only take you so far, after all. Napping forces you to decide what’s important in your day and plan blocks of time around it so you can be better energized in the future and also better rested. It’ll cut time out of your nightly sleep schedule and leave you with more energy throughout the day letting you stay up later than you’d otherwise be able to in a pinch. Consider sleep a bank and napping as a way of saving it up for later.
5: You Know You Want To
When your body is sending you signals (it’s hungry, it’s sleepy, this drink might be poison) it’s best to listen to it. Your body knows what’s best for you and it’s sending it several times a day as you yawn in class. Nap. Give it a shot, at least. If it doesn’t work for you, it’s certainly worth a shot. Beats surfing the internet.
Be careful not to nap too long, lest you have a sleep hangover. Avoid napping with your iTunes on if you have nightmares involving Kanye West being disappointed in you as a person. Be aware of your sleep schedule when napping. Do not nap in a place where your friends could prank you.