Sometimes, I think I learned absolutely everything I need to know in preschool.
I’ve never used trigonometry once… but the alphabet sure does come in handy!
But the most important lesson from those long-ago days is one I still practice every afternoon. I pull the handle on my La-Z-Boy, kick back, and enjoy a quick snooze.
When I wake up, I don’t just feel more energetic.
I feel SHARPER, too!
There’s not a drug in the world that can promise that, my friend – and the latest research shows it’s not just me. Hit the snooze button for an hour in the afternoon, and YOU can feel those brain-boosting benefits for yourself!
The new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society looked at some 3,000 older folks. Some didn’t nap at all, while the rest snoozed for anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes every afternoon.
The sweet spot is one hour.
Folks with a one-hour afternoon nap had maximum benefits. They ran rings around everyone else on tests of math, memory, geometry, and other stuff you learned well beyond preschool.
The hour-long nappers did so well on those tests that their brains seemed FIVE YEARS YOUNGER!
Looks like there’s something to the old saying “sleep on it” – because with powers like that, you can solve any puzzle, ace any test, and recall events that happened years ago as if they happened only yesterday.
On the other hand, the older folks who slept for 30 minutes, 90 minutes, or not at all were up to six times more likely to suffer DROPS in their mental prowess and cognitive skills than the ones who hit the hour-long mark.
If you can pull off a daily snooze, you’ll get more than a brain boost. Other studies have shown that an hour-long nap can slash your blood pressure, keep your arteries from hardening, and improve your overall cardiovascular health.
All that – from a nap!
But before you get too comfortable, I’ve got a little bit of a wakeup call when it comes to naps.
Like her, you need it to be “just right” – a short, restful nap that you CHOOSE to have, not one you desperately NEED.
If you’re routinely passing out midday as if you’ve been knocked in the head… or if your short nap lasts for hours… it’s not healthy.
It’s just the opposite!
That could be a warning of something gone wrong, including your earliest sign of cognitive problems or even an indication of sleep apnea.
Get yourself checked out and fixed up so you can take GOOD naps instead of bad ones.