For a long time I’ve been a firm believer in power napping, ever since I read the book “Powerful Sleep” by Kacper M Postawski, more than 10 years ago. Within he states that having one nap per day actually contributes to better sleep during the night.
And having just awoken from a power nap myself (actually the first one I’ve had in a very long time), I was suddenly inspired to write about the benefits of the power nap.
There are however some rules to the power nap that are easy to break, but first, what has napping got to do with being able to have youthful, glowing skin?
Sleep is like food.
If you have the best quality that is nutritious for your body, your body and skin will thank you for it instead of making you look like your aging too fast.
The same can be said about sleep.
There is good quality sleep and bad quality sleep, but overall a power nap is defined as a 10 to 45 minute nap during the day ideally taken between 3pm and 6pm, where both slow wave sleep and REM sleep (rapid eye movement) are experienced.
This not only improves your overall quality of sleep at night, especially if you have lacked in both quality and quantity of sleep the night before, but improves your skin and slows down the ageing process. And this can be said for sleep in general.
So number one, if power naps help you get a better quality of sleep at night, as evidenced by Postawski, then it will already be contributing to better skin.
And if you need them, and can fit maybe one in per week (perhaps one on the weekend), then other resources have found the following to be true –
The National Sleep Association state that “Our cells grow and repair while we sleep and our immune system is strengthened by sleep which helps slow the aging process.”
So better immunity equals youthful skin, contributed massively by not just sleep, but quality sleep, which naps are if taken in the right way. And far more healthy than taking a sleeping pill or relying on anything external to help you sleep!
The NSA also state “naps are a must-try modern-day solution to our perpetual sleep shortage and offer a great energy-rejuvenation break.”
Also while sleeping (in general including with naps), new skin cells grow while replacing older ones.
And lastly, “when you sleep, you release growth hormone, the antidote to cortisol which which boosts your immune system, primes your sexual function, reduces stress and anxiety, and aids in muscle repair and weight loss. Napping gives your brain a chance to rest and your body a chance to heal.” This is from Unleash the Power of the Nap by Brett and Kate McKay via The Art of Manliness.
So before plunging into an investment of expensive youth skin promise products or worse, heavy, chemical based make up to cover those lines and wrinkles, consider your sleeping patterns first, because it is easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to cover them up!
And remember, the foundations of good sleep are simple – exercise regularly, eat well, stop drinking caffeine (or reduce this to only one cup of coffee in the morning) and you will also find your sleep naturally improve, with or without the power nap.