I have always enjoyed a good nap after lunch if I could get away with it. I have done it for as long as I remember. When I tell other people about it they laugh at me because it is usually just old people and babies that take a nap. But apparently a nap is very healthy so I am going to keep my habit.
Dr. Sara Mednick from the University of California has written a book titled Take a Nap! Change Your Life. Mednick recommends a nap for about 30 to 60 minutes between 2pm and 3pm. I prefer to take my nap a bit earlier but I agree that between 1pm and 3pm is the best time to nap and my nap is about 45 minutes. There are several good reasons to take a nap and I have chosen six I find important.
1. Elevates your mood
2. Increases concentration
3. Increases productivity
4. Better learning skills
5. Increases alertness
6. Makes you look younger
Taking a nap is not evidence of laziness and it does not mean that you are old. Taking a nap is the right thing to do if you want to be productive, smart and good looking. I am happy that I have finally found scientific evidence that taking a nap is healthy.
Dr. Sara Mednick has made a lecture that I recommend watching on YouTube.