Not adhering to the indications of the biological clock-that is, contrary to nature-from the causes of the so-called objective or subjective will put to sleep when we can afford it, and run to the sound of the alarm clock. We divide the day into sleep time and waking time, not paying attention to the norms, indications of doctors or signals of our own body.
And even if in the middle of the day we feel the need to take a break-we rarely dare to dream about… sleep. A moment of relaxation, a relaxation of alertness, could jeopardize the image of a successful person-always ready to fight new challenges.
And that’s just some. Not those who want or need modest benefits; and not those without whom day activities cannot function normally enough. The rest sometimes allow themselves a bit luxuries-afternoon dream. In a comfortable chair or on a soft sofa, hugging a soft blanket, for a quarter of an hour, two or three fall into a blissful state between wakefulness and sleep…
Wake up cheerful, relaxed, pogodni, sometimes-zażenowani, but the expectation of understanding that at a “certain age” irresistible need for random advice is already justified.
In countries with a climate slightly less temperate than that prevailing in Poland, in the so-called warm countries, the right to seek advice is even guaranteed by law. At Siesta square, shops and offices close in the middle of the day, streets are emptied, and locals manage to sleep. Local authorities, realizing that working in the hot midday hours can only be a torment-directly call on fellow citizens to take a NAP in the middle of the day.
Cause for concern?
But it also happens that in our climatic zone, young, professionally active and sociable people, after a few hours of morning activity, experience a feeling of fatigue and drowsiness, so irresistible that they are ready to put their head anywhere, just to – even briefly – “turn off” the duty of wakefulness…
The moderate decline in physical performance and intellectual property in pp. 13-15 (or, according to other researchers, between 14 and 16) is not a worrying phenomenon. Even-as a result of the functioning of the biological clock and acceptable quite widely-the norm.
What’s the answer?
Sleep specialists, of course. Because medicine is serious about the problem of afternoon sleep. The results of the research have led to the development of many applications, of which it is possible, in a big simplification, to distinguish two leading:
Even a short NAP in the daytime leads to disruption of night sleep; it is the cause of unwanted difficulties in the evening falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night or reducing the time allotted for sleep. An afternoon NAP visibly regenerates intellectual performance. After one hour of sleep (after lunch), the brain begins to function again in the same way as at 8 am (i.e. at the time of its maximum performance).
If we ask a specialist in sleep hygiene-he will try to dissuade us from the urge to biological clock and rather advise moments of weakness to neutralize a Cup of coffee or a walk in the fresh air. If you go to a health and safety professional for advice – you can expect that – with reference to the results of recent studies-will convince us that a short break for sleep can only benefit. Also – is palpable.