How Naps Do Your Brain (And Body) Good
Running seriously low on sleep? A nap can not only make you feel better, but can reverse the effects of poor sleep by restoring hormones and proteins involved in stress and immune health.
The fact that poor sleep can increase stress levels and suppress immune system activity is well-established. But according to a new small study, napping can be an effective antidote by creating measurable hormone changes.
Researchers from the Sorbonne University in Paris found that a brief nap was effective in relieving stress and strengthening immune system function in men who had only slept two hours the night before.
“Our data suggests a 30-minute nap can reverse the hormonal impact of a night of poor sleep,” study co-author Dr. Brice Faraut said in a statement. “This is the first study that found napping could restore biomarkers of neuroendocrine and immune health to normal levels.”
The researchers conducted sleep tests on 11 healthy men between the ages of 25 and 32. In a laboratory setting with controlled lighting and meals, the participants took part in two sessions of sleep testing. In the first session, the men were only allowed to sleep for two hours in one night. —> Read More Here