It is generally accepted that in the daytime a person should be awake, and at night - sleep in order to get the rest he needs. The biological clock is set in accordance with this schedule and the slightest violation of it can lead to negative consequences. It would seem that daytime sleep knocks down a person's "internal" clock. But is it really so?
An active lifestyle, stress, increased fatigue negatively affect the functioning of the human body and its well-being in general. Under the influence of these factors, working capacity decreases, apathy appears, various diseases of the cardiovascular and nervous system may occur.
In order to get rid of the tension that has arisen, a person needs rest. With great mental and physical exertion, a night's sleep may not be enough to restore strength. In this case, naps are essential. It is able to relieve fatigue, restore vitality, improve concentration and make the brain work as efficiently as possible. But all this is possible only if certain conditions are met.
In the fight for the health of the body, daytime sleep plays a huge role. In a natural way, he is able to remove many of the negative consequences of the external environment on the body.
How to make naps useful
In order for a daytime sleep to be beneficial, it is necessary to observe the main rule - you should not allow your consciousness to plunge into deep sleep phases. Otherwise, after waking up, irritation, lethargy, fatigue and lethargy will appear, which will be present all day.
The most useful is the afternoon nap, lasting no more than 30 minutes. During this time, a person does not have time to sleep soundly, but at the same time the body receives enough energy for vigorous activity for the whole day.
The body quickly gets used to daytime sleep. At first, in order not to sleep longer than expected, it is worth resorting to the help of an alarm clock. But after a few days, the "internal" clock will learn to cope without it.
When naps are bad for you
The desire to take a nap during the day may not always be caused by the body's need to recuperate. Sometimes this can be a symptom of a rather serious medical condition. If this is the case, naps can be harmful.
Older people often feel like taking a nap during the day. This is due to the pre-stroke condition. The fact is that during the daytime shallow sleep, an elderly person has unstable blood pressure. In the event of a sharp change, cerebral hemorrhage may occur.
In people suffering from diabetes, naps of the day can cause a spike in hormones that can raise blood sugar levels to a critical level.
It is also worth giving up sleep in the daytime for those who suffer from insomnia. Rest during the day can only aggravate this situation and it will be even more difficult to fall asleep at night.
An important point is that all of the above risks apply only to those cases when there is an unmotivated desire to fall asleep during the day. And this means that in the case when a person is experiencing increased stress, lack of sleep or fatigue, you should not worry about the dangers of daytime sleep.