Make sure to show this to your boss if she ever gets miffed that you’re sleeping at your desk: Studies show that an hour-long afternoon nap makes your brain function better at the office.
Researchers have examined the sleeping patterns of nearly 3,000 Chinese adults aged 65 and older to learn whether taking an afternoon nap had any effect on mental health.
Nearly 60 percent of the people in the study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, said they napped after lunch for between 30 and 90 minutes.
The average nap time was about 63 minutes.
Participants then took a series of memory tests, some featuring words and others with geometric patterns. Those who took hour-long naps performed best on all tests and tasks, besting those who took no naps and those who took shorter naps. The study also found that napping in the afternoon also helped participants get a better night’s sleep afterward.
Remember this when you have your post-lunch coma around 3:00 p.m. and just embrace it.