Certain towns and areas shut down completely so the people can take a proper nap and reboot. America is not between those areas and people are rarely used to napping.
Naps are beneficial for and when you do find the time to do it- go for it! It is considered a regular, normal and integral part of the circadian (sleep-wake cycle) rhythm.
Throughout the day, regardless of your long night sleep the focus, concentration and energy levels are not the same. When you want to recharge and get your energy back, a simple nap can do wonders for you.
Companies like Apple and Google allow their workers to take a nap before continuing their work. Also medical studies are a pro-nap oriented and state they can strengthen the focus, productivity and performance in people.
It was found by the University of Colorado Boulder found that children who skipped their napping time have bigger chances to suffer lack of joy and interest and experience health problems like anxiety, problem solving skills.
It was found that adults who practice napping more often strengthen their memory function and learning skills. Napping is very effective on the brain and allows it to reboot and refresh.
How long one nap should last?
It should last 10 to 20 minutes after which the brain will be regenerated and its function will be improved significantly. They are shorter and lighter than sleep itself so avoid expanding your nap to more than 20 minutes since you might feel blurry or groggy afterwards.
It is true for a sleep that lasts an hour- the body starts to sink into serious sleep so if you break it you will feel more tired than before.
Longest naps are about 90 minutes and are intended for individuals that cannot sleep well or enough through the night.
It is important to mention that the sleeping process affects the body favorably and lets it improve its creativity and thinking capacity. You should nap as much as possible and stay on point at all times, but be mindful not to disrupt you regular night sleep.