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Are naps healthy? 😊 💤

Is sleeping in the middle of the day healthy or not??


Thanks to a Forbes Health reader, I got to research the following question this week:



👆 This is a super important question, especially as summer schedules fade and school and/or work routines kick back into high gear.


If you've ever wondered how naps impact everything else, in this column, we explore:


  • Is being tired in the afternoon normal?

  • Will naps keep you up at night or make you feel groggy during the day?

  • 5 benefits and 3 possible drawbacks of napping

  • How long should naps be?

  • 5 tips to take a great nap

Click here to read all the details and rest easy!


All the best,


Sarah


 

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How Exercise Boosts Brain Power


We know exercise is good for our brains, but does it matter what kind?


The Washington Post reported recently on a pair of studies that showed moderate to intense exercise seems especially useful to increase production of BDNF, a molecule that functions like "miracle grow" for the brain.


One of the studies showed that after leisurely exercise, 6 minutes of high-intensity intervals (40 seconds at full capacity followed by 20 seconds of rest) caused that miracle grow to soar.


6 minutes!


What does that mean logistically?


It means if you're feeling foggy or distracted, high-intensity intervals might be especially helpful to help you focus or think more clearly.


Longer bouts of exercise can help as well, but if you're pressed for time, don't underestimate the power of a few quick intervals on a treadmill, bike, dancing in your living room, or heading outside with a great pair of sneakers.


Too hot outside? Check out these tips to make the most of a treadmill workout... or just skip the machine and crank up your favorite tunes.

 

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