Sleep is a natural state of rest during our eyes are closed and we become unconscious . We crave for sleep when our bodies are tired from a very stressful work and sleeping without any disturbance can recharge our bodies from the lost energy we have exerted during our midday chores or a busy and stressful office work . We eventually submit ourselves into an intolerable force that surrenders our body into a temporary state of rest. The duration of an average varies on age, hence there are different sleep recommendations. Teenagers, for example, has to sleep 8 to 10 hours as needed by the human body . After the sleep has been completed, our body biologically responds to the command of the human brain to stir up the system of our body, awakes our consciousness because it had already completed its required amount of rest.
Several studies reported that the usual sleep doesn’t just provide good benefits to our tired body but also to the human brain; to its memory function . A catnap or described and defined to be a sleep for a short period of time usually can be obtained for about 20 to 45 minutes. It relaxes and refreshes the mind from information overload , recharges the body, improves memory retention, regulates blood press ure , boosts mental alertness enough for the body to perform its activities.
We oftentimes feel disappointed when we cannot complete our body’s desire of sleep and makes us feel and look groggy. In addition , sleep could not only offer benefits for the human brain and muscles but also to our cells; lack of sleep kills our healthy cells because they also need to rest for a better function.
The effectiveness of sleeping varies from age levels. There are different sleep recommendations.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, wider appropriate sleep ranges for most age groups. The results are published in Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. For example, newborns ranging from 0 to 3 months should sleep 14 to 17 hours a day.Sleeping is very important to newborns because sleeping has been proven for the maturation of the baby’s brain and consolidation of memory. Several studies shows that newborns that sleep more during night time than in daytime had higher cognitive scores. Infants ranges from 4 to 11 months should sleep for 12 to 15 hours. Like in, newborns, infants should also acquire enough sleep for over all development .Toddlers from age 1 to 2 years should sleep 11 to 14 hours . Preschoolers from age 3 to 5 should obtain 10 to 13 hours of sleep a day. Like preschoolers, school age children from age 6 to 13 should sleep 9 to 11 hours . Tenagers should sleep 8 to 10 hours a day.Sleeping is very beneficial to teenagers especially in puberty. Sleeping plays an important role in balancing the hormones for physical development and school performance.
After sleeping f or a l ong period of time, we can’t deny that we still feel sleepy in the middle of the day. And we can’t deny having a nap for a moment.
Basically, there are different forms of nap. A powernap is defined or known as a Stage 2 nap, it is a 20 minute or less which prevents the occcuence of( SWS) or slow – wave –sleep. Slow -wave -sleep is the stage of sleep in which we are totally unconscious so power naps terminates it and awakes the napper or the person. This is because it has the tendency that we cannot complete the normal sleep cycle, hence causes sleep inertia . It is when one feels groggy, disoriented and oftentimes becomes sleepy at times. Power naps improves alertness and motor skills.
The “Just 5 More Minutes” Nap
Have you experienced sometimes that your brain tells you to wake up but your body refuses. This is the “ another 5- minute nap” which your eyes are already ready to comply but your body does not. Your planning to get up after a 5- minute nap but is surprised that it’s been 30 minutes passed.
The most common is the collapse nap, this is when you don’t care about undressing before goi ng to sleep but intead you just fell on to your bed because of too much fatigue that your body cannot even tolerate. This is common after too much work, exercise and even after eating a lot.
Planned napping is when you already planned to nap if you want to get up earlier. Also called as preparatory nap actually taking a nap before you get sleepy.
The frequent nap that we could see almost and we oftentimes do in our school or in work is the habitual nap. This is when we feel sleepy in the middle of the day and basic ally when we are lazy at doing something.This nap is done everyday commonly in school when we feel like the class is boring. We can’t deny sometimes that we really wanted to sleep at these times.
Laziness or too much fatigue can cause napping, but sometimes its not a bad thing at all, naps are beneficial to children’s performance at school when they do certain naps at school. A study conducted by Rebecca Spencer. She states that Classroom naps boosts the learning of preschool children by enhancing the memories they acquired earlier in the day. Children experience poor performance when they’re nap-deprived .
We didn’t mention caffeine . Another 2008 study shows that naps are a lot better than caffeine when it comes to memory to improving verbal memory, motor skills, and perceptual learning. The fact that caffeine provides mental alertness, naps are proven t o be mo re effective than the latter. When we are exhausted we seek for things that could ease up somehow. It could be a deep sleep or just a nap away. But if could take a nap, we choose to drink coffee, this is the most decent alternative. We don’t have to be around the bed , just making coffee can instantly ease up exhausted body. But who d oesn’t want to relax with body fully laid down? With good physiological, psychological and physical benefits? It’s just a good nap to drive the stress away!