Do you routinely take a nap? Life can be overwhelming. Whether you’re in school, working an internship or a job, you may feel like you’re always going a million miles a minute without any breaks. You may find yourself tired throughout the day no matter how many cups of coffee you drink. Twenty minutes after waking up in the morning, you already want to go back to sleep and can’t stop thinking about the next time you’ll get to lay in bed. If you’re constantly tired, you can’t give your 100% to anything you do; so when all other means of feeling re-energized fail, take a nap instead.
Napping has many advantages; even a thirty-minute snooze can provide the following benefits:
If you’re feeling groggy, you won’t be able to genuinely focus on your schoolwork, or any task that is given to you. Regain focus after a quick afternoon power nap and you’ll find yourself able to accomplish goals faster than usual.
Have you been procrastinating all day? Instead of wasting your time mindlessly scrolling through the internet or even worse, just sitting staring at your to-do list: take a short rest. You will wake up feeling more energized and ready to start being productive. Not only will your nap lead you to getting tasks done, but it won’t feel like a waste of time because of how necessary sleep is to human functioning.
So what is the best way to squeeze in a daily nap without messing with your busy schedule?
If you can, try and nap at the same time every day to help stabilize your circadian rhythm. Schedule your nap into your daily routine instead of deciding last minute to nap or even worse – not napping when you have the time to and regretting it later.
Keep It Short
Studies have found that a twenty to thirty minute nap is the most optimal amount of time to wake up feeling refreshed. Because you go into REM, or deep sleep, after about ninety minutes, it is best not to nap for longer than that. If you do, you risk waking up even groggier than you were when you fell asleep. Be sure not to forget to set an alarm either!
Turn Off The Lights
Darkness communicates to our brain that it is time to shut down – or at least pause. Make sure to turn off the lights and close the curtains when you want to get the most out of your nap.
And remember, a nap is always a good idea!
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