In 2011, Adam Silver – Commissioner of the NBA Association – once shared with the New York Times that “everyone in the office is not allowed to disturb players before 3 pm.
Strangely but it is true. Almost all professional athletes competing at night are required to take a nap to recover their health. Not only that, they were also not allowed to take a nap – their nap was even counted in hours. This is considered a very important spiritual medicine to help the players focus and be alert.
In fact, there have been many scientific studies showing that napping is extremely necessary. Between working hours 8 hours/day or more. We need to have moments of relaxation to help the bodies relax. In addition, the late afternoon is also the time when the temperature and energy levels in our bodies are reduced. Therefore, we need to maximize the length of naps as much as possible. This is especially true on weekends – a period of “compensating sleep” for a long week of hard work.
Accordingly, on weekends, you should pay more attention to the effects of homeostatic drive in the body. Within the scope of physiology, homeostasis is understood as “keeping the states of the internal environment relatively constant”. It can be said that most tissues and organs contribute to maintaining this relative stability; and sleepiness is one of many things that happens when the system is out of balance. “This is completely different from your body’s response to external environmental factors such as light or temperature,” said Dr. David Samson, sleep anthropologist at the University of Toronto.
In addition, according to Dr., the appropriate nap time depends on the location of each person; and this issue still needs further research in the future. Therefore, cherish every minute you have. “Even 10 to 15 minutes is enough to help you relax and slow down the process of brain processing,” the doctor shared. “But if possible, try to take a nap for an hour each day – this will make it easier to concentrate your mind and energy when night falls.”