Dr. Oz on Why You Should Take a Power Nap
Why you need to nap more
A night spent tossing and turning could be doing more damage than those bags under your eyes, according to new research. The study, published in theJournal of Clinical Endocrinology &Metabolism,foundgettingonlytwohourssleepleadstoa250%increaseinyourlevelsofnorepinephrine a stress hormone that increases heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar. Lack of shuteye also resulted in lower levels of a protein called interleukin-6, which fights viruses and is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Getting out the wrong side of the bed, indeed.
However, the study also found a 30-minute nap was able to reverse the hormonal impact of a poor nights sleep. Half an hour spent in a quiet corner of the office, hat over your eyes like a hungover Don Draper, and you can press reset on your neuroendocrine and immune systems.
With lack of sleep now linked to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression, getting your forty winks is more important than ever. But before you go in search of Spanish citizenship and socially accepted siestas, its worth looking at the causes behind your sub-par sleep pattern.
With the increasing popularity of late-night Netflix binges and phone use, your pre-bed behaviour could be killing any chance of getting a good nights rest. Instead of bathing in blue light, use MHs guide for a minute-by-minute routine, scientifically proven to help you sleep deeper and wake up fresher.
If this doesnt work, its time to take the idea of napping more seriously. But not everyone can drift off mid-afternoon like your Granddad after a tot of whiskey even when youre knackered. If thats the case, try to fitMHs ultimate sleep-inducing workout into your lunch hour.
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