To some, it might seem like a waste of time to crawl back under the covers in the middle of the day, but as it turns out, naps are actually a great idea—and not just because there are few feelings quite as satisfying as giving in to your drooping eyelids when it’s only the afternoon. According to a survey of 2,000 people by Mattress Nerd, those who indulged in a little shut-eye during the day reported that they were productive, career driven, and had a good work-life balance—at rates way higher than those who didn’t rest.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though. Research has shown that daily siestas can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease, in addition to boosting memory and inspiring creativity. Sleep is, after all, a key ingredient for all-around good health.
If daytime snoozing doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t force it—just know that taking one to two 30-minute naps a week has been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular problems. Consider this all the excuse you need to doze off during the day, because once you wake up, you’ll be well prepared to tackle everything ahead of you.