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Is An Afternoon Sleep A Good Or Bad Habit For Your Health?

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Do You Feel Sleepy Often In The Afternoon? 

Well, afternoon sleep or sleeping in the afternoon can bring complete refreshment for you. Many people, who can take a short but peaceful sleep, can get a reward with enough benefits. Whether sleeping in the afternoon is good or bad, you may gain more productivity, more spirit, and a sharp sense by sleeping in the afternoon or taking an afternoon nap.

Scientific research, which is based on afternoon sleeping, sleeping in the afternoon can prove that daytime nap is very much beneficial. However, there are huge contrast opinions about the topic. In this article, you may find a clear idea of what you need to do and not to do with this matter and know if sleeping in the afternoon is good or bad.

Effect On Your Night Sleeping

Afternoon Sleep A Good Or Bad Habit

Day sleep is bad in one aspect that it may affect your nap during the nighttime. If you take enough naps in the afternoon, you will face a short siesta at night.

Taking a nap during the daytime is good for the sleeper, who does not get the necessary sleep at night. If you got eight to ten hours of good sleep, you do not need an afternoon nap.

Many people say that though they do not have any work to do in the afternoon, they take a nap or love the coziness of a nap, so they fall asleep in the afternoon.

Bad In Some Cases

Afternoon Sleep Effects

If you are a patient of insomnia or are in a deep depression, avoid your daily nap. For an insomniac, sleeping trouble at night is a major health issue.

The people who are too much depressed and frustrated in life can face sleeping trouble at night. So do not take too much rest or nap in the afternoon to avoid the nap inertia problem during the nighttime.

Types Of Afternoon sleep

There are three types of napping in the afternoon, like the

  • Plan Nap: This type of nap is taking as a plan for further awakening.
  • Emergency Nap: This type of power nap has been taken by people who feel extreme tiredness or are in a bad health condition. They have no option without taking a nap.
  • Habitual Napping: People taking a regular nap is one kind of practice nap for an afternoon. If you feel sleepy after your lunch every day, it is counted as your habitual sleep.

Despite some bad side effects, it has much more good signs.

Here are some benefits of sleeping in the afternoon.

Afternoon Sleep Boosts Memory

Afternoon Sleep boosts memory

People who can take a good dose of twenty to thirty minutes in the afternoon have a more sharp memory than usual.

You can test your memory and vigilance after taking a proper nap. For example, people, who are suffering from sleepiness, can get an immediate boosting of memory after a ten minutes nap.

Blood Pressure Control

Afternoon Sleep Control Blood Pressure

Scientific research has proved that nap habit is allied with the coronary mortality reduction of 37 percent, which is caused due to abridged cardiovascular stress.

This cardiovascular stress is related to daytime naps. It is the reclined position of sleep itself or the anticipation of a snooze.

But specialists have concluded the matter with the fact that an afternoon siesta is very effective in decreasing the blood pressure level.

Creativity-Enhancing with an Afternoon sleep

Afternoon sleep boosts Creativity

Sleeping is the other name of complete rest, and it is associated with your mind. So if you get a proper nap, your mind can also get a perfect rest, and the process will enhance your power of creative thinking.

It will also boost your cognitive dispensation, clear out your cobwebs, and give you a memory recall. Peaceful sleep is the key to your success.

Make Your Nerves Calm


A complete 90-minute nap can make you calm and cool. However, if you feel too much anger, happiness, and fear, you cloud subjected to an extreme nervous breakdown. So keep your nerves calm, go for a rest or afternoon nap. It will give you perfect relief from the nervous breakdown.

Alertness Improvement

Alertness Improvement

In brief research, National Sleep Foundation has shown that a nap of forty minutes can enhance your 34% performance and 100% of alertness.
If you plan to drive a car or rocket, take a refreshing twenty minutes of sleep and avoid the tired feelings at the time of driving.
Despite a little bit of disadvantage, afternoon sleeping is full of benefits. So, try to have at least half an hour of a nap in the afternoon daily for getting those benefits of afternoon sleep.

20 thoughts on “Is An Afternoon Sleep A Good Or Bad Habit For Your Health?

  1. Ramiru says:

    I am not getting enough sleep in night because the school is far away from me and have to leave early.Is it ok to sleep in the evening too? sleep is important to height.i am working on my height too.doing exercises.My age is 14.please tell me

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Dagem, Sleeping for a short while can make you more alert and energetic and also are less likely to interfere with nighttime sleep as care should be taken that naps are not prolonged more than 30-45 minutes.

  2. Amol Bagde says:

    Is 90 min nap in afternoon between 2.30 pm to 4 pm is good or bad? Does it affect night time quality of sleep?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Amol I would suggest that a power nap in the afternoon is ideal which should not be more than 10-15 min which will make you feel all energetic and fresh, But again the requirement of sleep for a child who is less then 12 years and adults more then 70 years will be different

  3. Banya Biswas says:

    Hello maam… People say that afternoon sleep can make u fat.. is it true ma’am??? I’m 18 years old ma’am…

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      HI Banya, It is nothing harm in taking an afternoon nap but it should not exceed 45 min the only reason is if you sleep more time in afternoon, you will not be able to sleep on time in the night and which slow down your metabolism

  4. Rejoice says:

    I always sleep in the afternoon when I’m free.
    But whenever I wake up I feel this unusual pains at my joints, I breath fast and even my brain and abdomen will be paining me slightly….
    after taking a shower I will feel a liltle okay but weak…
    I don’t think is normal so what’s all this about

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Rejoice at times your posture matters the way you are sleeping can create pain and hence be careful about the same and afternoon sleep if in excess can also leads to body pain and hence sleep only if needed and 30 min should be enough

    • sanjay yadav says:

      morning jogging if you are 40- or walking naked leg is solution to whatever helath problem you have and then u dont have to think too much if this or that yes take consedaration that 80% of the time u eat home cooked food and seasonal fruits and vegetables because that have pesticide spread on

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi pradip an hr of nap during day time is fine as far as your age is concern, there are other factors which can lead to weight gain especially your physical moment entire day

    • \Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Moshood as mentioned in the article if you are unable to get a 7-8 hrs of sleep in night and then you sleeping in afternoon it is a heathy practice but then if your afternoon sleep is in addition to your night 8 hrs sleep then it can cause lethargy in your body

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