The Many Benefits of Napping

As we age, the quality of our sleep decreases. While it was once thought that older people didn’t need as much sleep as young adults, teenagers, or children, recent research has proved this to be untrue. Everyone should get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

However, since quality of sleep decreases with our increase in age, the question of napping remains. Does it affect our nighttime sleep quality, or does a daytime nap count toward the recommended hours of sleep? A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that not only does napping increase older individuals’ sleep time, but napping has measurable cognitive benefits, too.

Older adults (between ages 50 and 83) who napped between 20 minutes and two hours saw an improved quality in daytime cognitive abilities and nighttime sleep. Here’s one more reason to relax and take a nap!