The benefits reported napping they are endorsed by numerous scientific bodies, which confirm that it provides a well-being that can not be compared with any medical measure. Among these benefits are that it reduces cardiovascular risk factors, releases tension, reinforces alertness and increases the capacity for concentration.

Recently, also the North American Space Agency (NASA), has admitted that the siesta is beneficial, and has estimated that 26 minutes It is the most appropriate duration to achieve all its advantages. The US Transportation Safety Board, for its part, has presented data showing that a nap improves the effectiveness of air traffic controllers; the study determines that a napping for 26 minutes would contribute to improving the performance of these workers by 34%, and to increase their ability to remain alert by 54%.

A study finds that a 26-minute nap would help improve the performance of air traffic controllers by 34%, and increase their ability to remain alert by 54%

If the siesta exerts a beneficial effect on adults and can contribute to cope better with the day, it becomes a necessity in the case of children and the elderly. Thus, Dr. Gonzalo Pin Arboleda, coordinator of the Sleep Unit of the Quirón Hospital in Valencia, explains that napping is essential for children under five years of age to have a correct physical and neurological development, and helps seniors to better resist daily tasks, in addition to improving their quality of life.

An investigation conducted by Nasaka A and Oikonomou in 2007, which was published in Archives of Internal Medicine 167, indicates that napping is an ideal formula to prevent heart disease, by showing that while individuals who napped occasionally decreased their cardiovascular risk by 12%, those who enjoyed this habit frequently, reduced the risk a 37% For its part, the American Academy of Sleep has carried out a study called Nap, to evaluate its numerous benefits.

What the experts seem to agree on is that the nap should not be excessively long, and Mayoral points out that if it is prolonged too long, the cycles of wakefulness and sleep can vary, and cause insomnia at night. That's why they advise that the siesta should last 15 to 20 minutes.


Why Sleep Matters (November 2019).