Not only for Kindergarteners

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Roswell student Katie Northenor takes a power nap during study hall. Picture by Ansley Tanner.

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Naps are scientifically proven to empower a person for the rest of their day. Taking a nap gives a person refreshed brainpower and creativity. Dr. Sara Mednick states, “For some people, naps are as restorative as a whole night of sleep. To learn more click here.

Junior Adleigh Wheeler states, “I love taking naps after a long day at school, it rejuvenates me.”

I myself am a firm supporter of naps. I take a nap every day without fail and see very strong results. I even have a separate bed in my room reserved for nap taking. Without a nap my bodily functions are much slower. I see a significant difference in my performance at practice after I have had a nap. However, there are certain factors that should be considered when taking a nap.

A nap should only be 10-20 minutes long, allowing them to enter the first and sometimes second stages of the sleep schedule. Any naps longer than this short period of time forces a person to enter a deeper sleep. In the Healthline article it is written, “When you go into deeper sleep, your brain becomes less responsive to external stimuli, making it harder to wake up and increasing the likelihood of grogginess and fatigue” (Longhurst). 

The reason why some people oppose naps is because they wake up drowsy and not ready for the rest of the day. This feeling is 100% their fault. People that hold these beliefs commonly crash after a long day and sleep for hours with no alarm. They wake up in a panic and out of function. This is due to the brain entering the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycle and then being disrupted. The best way to take a nap is to set aside a time to sleep on purpose and keep the nap time between 10-20 minutes.

It is also important to leave a significant time in between a nap and bedtime. The Sleep Foundation states, “Try napping around the halfway point between the time you wake up and the time you plan to go to bed.” This way there is significant time for a person to use their energy from their nap before they shut down for the night. 

Napping is becoming so relevant today that there are even things called nap pods in public areas. They are present in places where people are in need of rest such as airports, college libraries and some people use them as hotels for an overnight stay. These are cheaper than a hotel room and offer many amenities. There are adjustable lights, wifi, a safe, and an alarm system. 

Although these nap pods are as safe as they can be, many people feel uncomfortable sleeping in a public place. Especially in America where crime rates are high, particularly in airports, people might feel uneasy to sleep. However, if a person is already prone to sleeping in the boarding zone or on the plane, it is much more safe to sleep in a locked pod than out in the open.