There are few things in this world quite as pleasant as a good nap. You know how great it feels to lie back on your plush Tempurpedic and just let the tensions of your morning drain out as you close your eyes and drift off. When you wake from your nap, you feel so much better, and you're ready to face the rest of your day.
The problem with napping is that it can often interfere with your sleep at night, and you may find yourself tossing and turning because you took too long of a nap. Well, you've come to the right place - the place where you'll find a guide to help you nap the right way!
There are many benefits to taking a nap:
- You are much more relaxed, yet also more alert
- You are less tired
- Your memory is better, and you react more quickly
- You feel better and less grumpy
Basically, napping is one of the best things to do in a busy work day.
If you're not careful, you may find yourself suffering from insomnia at night. This is because your body is accustomed to only so much sleep, and napping too much during the day can lead to sleep problems at night. For this reason, most people avoid naps in the middle of the day.
Another problem many people face when napping is grogginess or sleep inertia. After a long nap, it's just hard to get up and get back to work, as your body has to restart itself after shutting down for your nap.
If you're going to take a nap, be smart about it:
- Make it natural - When watching TV or doing something relaxing, your body may try to doze off. Do so if it feels right, as that will help to refresh you when you're tired.
- Make it short - If you're about to doze off, make sure to have an alarm set to ring in 20 minutes. You want to avoid sleeping for more than 30 minutes - that's how long it takes for your body to really fall asleep - but you'll find that 18 to 24 minutes is the "sweet spot" of napping. Wake yourself up, and you'll avoid sleep inertia.
- Make it a "coffee nap" - Drink a cup of coffee immediately before lying down for a rest. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes for the caffeine to kick in, and you'll feel refreshed and much more alert by the time you wake up from your nap 20 minutes later.
- Make it mid-afternoon - Usually 2 to 3 P.M. is the best time to nap, as that's when your body is low on energy. If you can schedule in a short break during that time, it's a good time to take a short nap.
- Make it the right environment - Napping at your desk is just foolish, as it's quite uncomfortable, noisy, and bright. Try and find a quiet, cool, and dark place to rest, and make sure you're comfortable. It will make falling asleep so much easier!
Armed with these tips, grab your pillow, find your secret napping spot, and get ready for 20 minutes of Heaven!
By evanmi... at Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:43pm | 5 views | 0 comments