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The restorative benefits of power napping and sleep

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

Getting a good night’s sleep - or a solid power nap - can have incredible benefits for the mind and body. Discover how your sleep habits compare to the norm, and discover new ways to improve the quality of your sleep with this guide.

Father and son having a peaceful sleep.

BENEFITS OF SLEEP AND NAPPING

We all spend roughly a third of our life sleeping. It’s essential for the health of our mind and body! Sleep and napping have the following benefits:


  • Boosted immune system

  • Healthier reproductive system

  • Extended lifespan

  • Improved memory and ability to recall facts

  • Improved capacity to learn

  • More ‘youthful’ brain function

  • Potentially slow the onset of Alzheimer’s


WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP

Sleep scientists don’t have a prescribed time, or number of hours, nor sleep position or waking routine to achieve perfect sleep. However, there are a few ways you can improve your sleep that have been proven to at least increase sleep quality and energy levels:


1. SET A BEDTIME & WAKING ROUTINE

Studies have shown that the same bedtime and waking hour can improve the quality of sleep immensely - and this is across both weekdays and weekends.


2. SLEEP IN A COLD ROOM

Sleep scientists advocate a cooler bedroom to sleep in, noting that it is far easier to fall asleep in a colder environment than a warm one. 18° C is their precise prediction for the perfect sleeping temperature.


3. SYNC UP WITH YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS

It may also be possible that if you’re not experiencing fulfilling sleep, that you’re working against your body’s circadian rhythms. Have a read of our guide to circadian rhythms to find out more, or email info@4upilates.co.uk for a free Circadian Rhythm PDF.


4. PRIORITISE YOUR SLEEP

There’s no other activity or bodily function like sleep. It has an incredibly impactful effect on our whole physiology, affecting the mind and body down to DNA level. So give your sleep the attention it deserves, and look to improve your sleeping habits. Hopefully, it will result in better sleep, and better overall health too.