Even though I’m self-employed and can determine my own schedules I’m enormously reluctant to sleep during the day. Even if I’m very tired I struggle on, trying to work.
It’s silly — I know that when I do nap it refreshes me and I work better. There’s some deeper conditioning though that urges me to try to work through it.
Recent research shows that napping can boost the brain’s learning capacity:
In the recent UC Berkeley sleep study, 39 healthy young adults were divided into two groups — nap and no-nap. At noon, all the participants were subjected to a rigorous learning task intended to tax the hippocampus, a region of the brain that helps store fact-based memories. Both groups performed at comparable levels.
At 2 p.m., the nap group took a 90-minute siesta while the no-nap group stayed awake. Later that day, at 6 p.m., participants performed a new round of learning exercises. Those who remained awake throughout the day became worse at learning. In contrast, those who napped did markedly better and actually improved in their capacity to learn.
It looks as though I need to overcome my resistance to napping, and just go with the flow.
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Do you nap in the middle of the day? How does that work out for you?