3. It can also reduce inflammation
Unlike coffee, naps don't really ward off melanoma, or any diseases for that matter. (At least as far as the scientific community knows.) But they have been proven to keep inflammation in check. "There’s an inflammatory marker that we look at in people’s blood," Barone says. "When people are sleep-deprived, the inflammatory marker increases. They've found that taking a nap reduces that back down."
4. It’ll make you more efficient
Next to the mood-enhancing benefits, Barone lists increased productivity as one of the most-cited perks of naps. And sure enough, you can read all about it in the scholarly papers.
5. It MIGHT help you on the basketball court
Can a nap help you crush those smug, shockingly skilled accountants in your intramural league? Well, the jury's still kinda out. "In terms of athletic performance, it’s well known that many professional athletes will nap before their event," Barone says. "As far as the science behind it, I can’t say that I know any studies that have been done that looked at physical performance." Obviously that's not a yes, but we're going to go with Lloyd Christmas on this one, because in terms of pregame rituals, naps absolutely beat blasting Jock Jams.