This Is How Long You Should Nap Every Day to Keep Your Brain Healthy

daily napping and brain volume
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Key Takeaways

  • A new study indicated that regular daytime napping might be able to prevent brain shrinkage as we age.

  • Previous research recommends napping between 10 to 30 minutes—and not more than an hour—to improve mood and cognitive performance.

  • Longer naps can reduce sleep drive and they’ve been associated with an increased risk of heart problems and type 2 diabetes.

For some, napping feels like a luxury, but a daily afternoon nap might just be what we need to age well. A new study suggests that daytime napping might prevent our brains from shrinking as we age.1

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