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Could You Use Some Time To Close You Eyes? Major Health Benefits to A Daily Powernap

Napping is no longer just for babies and toddlers.

Many Europeans believe in the benefits of napping, so much so that they shut down stores and restaurants in the afternoon to allow for everyone to grab a quick power nap to recharge for the rest of the day.

In the United States this is not the case in most places. A mid-day nap is often only a rare luxury, and is often times perceived as laziness.

If you are among those, that would love a midday snooze, studies are now supporting the benefit of this norm for many countries.

A study from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered that children who didn't take an afternoon nap didn't display much joy and interest, had higher levels of anxiety and lower problem solving skilled compared to children who napped regularly.

The same goes for adults.

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Researchers with Berkeley found that adults who regularly took advantage of an afternoon nap had better ability to learn and improved memory function.

This downtime to allow your brain to reboot is essential in helping your body be in it's most productive state.

There is a right way to nap, to give your body the most that it needs to get through the day. They are even holding Napercise classes to help parents who are struggling with fatigue.

On top of warding off drowsiness throughout the day, regular naps can have serious health benefits.

A 30 minute afternoon nap 3 times a week can decrease your risk of heart disease related to death by 37%.

"Taking a nap could turn out to be an important weapon in the fight against coronary mortality," said Dimitrios Trichopoulos of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

While an afternoon nap is next to impossible for most, because we are at work, there are some businesses in the United States that support this health altering habit.

Both Google and Nike have quiet rooms for people to have some downtime during the work day.

Hopefully that didn't put you to sleep! What do you think of this new possibility?