When we were kids our parents made us take naps and most of us would try to get out of it with all we had. Today as adults most of us don’t have time or our parents to force us to rest for a little bit. Most people don’t take naps because when they they sleep to long and wake up feeling more tired than when they laid down.
A nap is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as; to sleep briefly especially during the day. After lunch your body temperature naturally drops, and this makes your body want to sleep. You need this daytime shuteye to improve your heart functioning, balance your hormones, and repair cells.
Try these 15 tips to improve your energy level, fitness and overall mood.
- The best time for a power nap is between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm.
- Take a 20-minute nap (or less) to boost alertness and productivity during the day.
- Set an alarm to gently wake you up at the desired time.
- Avoid caffeine and sugar before your nap.
- Make sure you don’t eat food that is particularly hard to digest.
- Find a quiet place to sleep, to relax and clear your mind.
- Shut the shades, switch off the lights, or even wear a sleep mask during nap time to help you maximize your rest.
- Turn off your cellphone so you don’t get disturbed mid nap.
- If you are not feeling like sleeping then do not try to force yourself to sleep.
- Cover up with a blanket because your body temp falls when you are asleep.
- Put some soft music in the background.
- Make sure that you include napping in your schedule for the day.
- Before starting your nap free up your mind from any thoughts.
- Tell friends and family not to disturb you during your nap.
- Do not feel guilty. Taking a power nap does not make you lazy. It’s a very simple technique you can use to improve both your mental and physical health.
Do you take naps during the weekdays? Do you make your kids take naps? Do you feel better or worse when you sleep during the day? Please share with us your thought and help us perfect the science of sleep.