This increases their efficiency. The feeling of laziness after lunch is not a big deal for those staying at home. Along with this, it becomes a problem for those working in offices. Along with this, experts say that women feel the need to sleep after lunch more than men. This is called ‘girl nap’.
There can be many reasons for a girl’s nap. Let’s find out from the experts why our concentration starts to deteriorate between 3 to 5 pm i.e. immediately after lunch and why do we start to feel sleepy? Along with this, we also try to know why women need ‘power nap’ more? The urge to take a nap after lunch is mind numbing. Meanwhile, if we do any work, the possibility of making a mistake in it increases a lot. If you are working in machine related work or at a construction site, accidents are likely to happen.
Why do you feel the need for a ‘power nap’ after lunch?
A study by America’s National Sleep Foundation states that there are two times a day when people are at their least alert. It falls twice between 2 am to 7 am and 2 pm to 5 pm. At first most people are lost in a deep sleep. At the same time, the second stage is the most difficult. During this time you are awake and working. Actually, after lunch, our body has digestion process. In addition, insulin is released to control the amount of sugar in the blood. This leads to a natural drop in energy levels. Hence, people feel lazy after lunch and need some sleep or power nap.
Laziness after lunch is called the ‘postprandial dip’. This occurs due to a drop in blood sugar levels and the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Hormones like melatonin, which is responsible for promoting sleep, also play a big role in this. All these reasons combined with a heavy meal lead to the urge to take a nap in the afternoon. However, hormonal fluctuations in women and especially during menstruation can exacerbate this fatigue. Dr. Bandita Sinha, Obstetrician-Gynecologist at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Navi Mumbai, told The Indian Express that progesterone hormone increases during menstruation. This hormone increases the need for afternoon naps after lunch in women.