Study: Short naps are good for your health
Do you think that short nap really won’t do much help? Well you’re wrong.
According to a new study, taking a short nap can help relieve stress and build up the immune systems of men who slept only two hours the night before.
Lack of sleep is considered a public health problem. It can cause reduced productivity and vehicle accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People who don’t get enough sleep are also more likely to develop diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and depression.
"Our data suggests a 30-minute nap can reverse the hormonal impact of a night of poor sleep," Brice Faraut, PhD, one of the study’s authors said. "This is the first study that found napping could restore biomarkers of neuroendocrine and immune health to normal levels."
In the study, researchers examined the relationship between hormones and sleep of a group 11 healthy men between the ages of 25 and 32. During one controlled session, the men were limited to two hours of sleep for one night. For the second controlled session session, the men were allowed to take two, 30-minute naps the day after their night of limited sleep.
The researchers found that napping may help relieve stress and boost the immune system.
"Napping may offer a way to counter the damaging effects of sleep restriction by helping the immune and neuroendocrine systems to recover," Faraut said.
The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).