People often associate naps with laziness or with children. But what if we associated them with cognitive function? A new study suggests sleeping in the afternoon may help those over 60 stay mentally sharp.

The study, published in the journal General Psychiatry, looked at both physical and cognitive health among 2,214 people over the age 60. Of these, 1,534 took regular afternoon naps while 680 did not. According to researchers, those who took afternoon naps scored higher on a cognitive test than those who didn’t nap.

In 2009, a Pew Research Center survey found that more than 1 in 3 Americans take a daily nap.

Dr. Abhinav Singh, a sleep medicine specialist, has stated that, “Any person can benefit from a short nap in the mid-afternoon, especially when timed with their natural circadian dip. Short (less than 30 minutes or so) naps have been shown to increase alertness, and improve cognitive performance, and improve mood for the rest of the day.”

However, longer naps could be a sign of an underlying problem.

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