18 Things a Cat Nap Can Fix

Updated: Mar. 28, 2018

If you are feeling run down during the day a power nap may be just the thing to rev you up.

CatJom Uraiphan/ShutterstockYeah, we know. You didn’t sleep well last night. So why not take a nap?

Studies show that not only will you feel better almost immediately, says Sara Mednick, Ph.D., a sleep medicine researcher at the University of California at San Diego and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life, but a daily nap of between 20 and 90 minutes before 4:00 P.M. will also increase your mental performance, reduce your chances of gaining weight, and make you feel a whole lot more like having sex after dinner than you probably do now. What’s more, it won’t affect your nighttime sleep.

All told, according to Dr. Mednick, a nap will:

  • Increase your on-the-job alertness by 100 percent
  • Sharpen your thinking so you make more accurate judgments and better decisions
  • Ramp up your productivity
  • Regenerate skin cells so you look younger
  • Increase your sex drive
  • Help you lose weight by altering metabolism and shifting chemicals that affect appetite
  • Reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problems
  • Lift your mood by bathing your brain in the neurotransmitter serotonin
  • Speed up your ability to perform motor tasks, like typing, operating machinery, even swimming
  • Improve your accuracy — in everything
  • Improve the way your body processes carbs, which reduces your risk of diabetes
  • Sharpen your senses so you take in what’s important in your environment — and screen out the 24-hour culture chatter that surrounds us
  • Put your brain into its creative gear so you can come up with fresh ideas
  • Trigger a naturally occurring hormone that blocks the destructive chemicals produced by stress
  • Boost your ability to learn something new — and, better yet, remember it
  • Zap the need for drugs like caffeine and alcohol to manipulate your mood and energy level
  • Relieve migrainesImprove your nighttime sleep by eliminating that wired feeling and thus shutting off the brain chatter
  • Make you feel good all over

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