We’ve certainly talked in-depth about sleep (and the endless ways to improve it) here on the site. But a good night’s rest isn’t the only type of sleep you should be thinking about. Get ready to discover the power of napping – and how incorporating a short slumber during your day is easier than you think (and can really benefit you during your waking hours).
Thought that naps were just for the little ones? Not according to the sleep experts out there! Anyone can benefit from a bit of shut-eye during the day. And we’re showing you exactly why you should be napping – and 5 tips to make the most of this shortened slumber.
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Why (& How) You Should Nap
Know as a micro or power nap, A short period of sleep during the day has been proven to offer numerous benefits throughout your day. In fact, A nap can help you function better, improve your mood, increase your energy, and even benefit your sleep at night.
But not all napping is totally beneficial. Sleep experts recommend a 20-minute nap between the hours of 1 and 4 PM for the most positive impact. The shorter duration and afternoon timeframe ensures it will not interfere with your sleep later that evening (and you won’t fall into slow-wave sleep, which can make you feel groggy), yet still offer a restorative effect.
Tips For Better Napping
Here are 5 easy ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of your naps.
- Find a quiet, dark spot
If you don’t have blinds or curtains to close, you can always use an eye mask to block out light.
- COVER YOURSELF WITH A BLANKET
Staying warm and cozy will help you doze off faster.
- MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT HUNGRY OR THIRSTY
A rumbling stomach or parched throat will make it harder to fall asleep.
- DRINK CAFFEINE BEFORE YOU LAY DOWN
For some extra energy when you wake up, try drinking espresso or green tea prior to napping.
- SET AN ALARM
And of course, make sure you have an alarm set so you don’t sleep too long!