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You probably wish you could get more sleep but find yourself without the time because of your busy schedule. However, naps don’t have to take up a large chunk of your day to make you feel better.

Research shows that allotting a 20-30 minute power nap can be beneficial to our health in many ways.

Here are three ways that napping can help you take on the day stronger and sharper.

1. Improves learning and memory

Catching some z’s can actually improve your memory. Lack of sleep can affect the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in memory creation and consolidation. Your mind holds on to loads of information, that information is consolidated and stored during sleep.

2. Heightens the senses

A nap as short as 20 minutes can improve sensory perception. These senses all play a part in how you see the world, and heightening the senses with a nap can actually make you more intuitive, observant, and creative. A nap also helps declutter the mind and allows new, innovative thoughts to flow in.

3. Improves mood

You can’t have a good day if you’re in a sour mood. While sleeping, your brain produces serotonin, also known as the happy chemical. This helps you feel energized and positive. Even a short nap can boost your mood.

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