Not all naps are created equally. Napping can be a beautiful thing if done correctly! It can perk you up, erase brain fog, help with attention, and so much more!
So to celebrate March 14th – National Nap Day – here are 4 simple steps you can take to ensure the perfect nap.
1. Choose Your Length
“For most people, 20 to 25 minutes of napping is perfect,” says board-certified sleep medicine physician W. Christopher Winter, owner of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia. It’s enough time to help you wake up refreshed and energized but not so much that you wake up groggy.
2. Set the Mood
Do you what you have to do to create a relaxing atmosphere. Light your favourite candle, dim the lights, pull the curtains, everyone is a little different! Personally if I am having a hard time falling asleep I play some soft music – HERE is one of my favourite playlists!
3. Get Comfortable
A good nap is all about comfort! Slip into some comfortable clothing, have a glass of water, crawl into your bed, curl up on the couch… test out a few things out and see what works for you and where you feel the most comfortable.
4. Avoid the Post Nap Blues
Have you ever laid down for a nap and woke up only to find yourself still tired? It happens to all of us! Sometimes we nap too long and wake up tired. If you do feel groggy after a nap here is what to do: stretch, treat yourself to a little caffeine, or. wash your face (this one really makes a difference for me!). Do any one – or more – of these things and you should perk up.
Naps have a bad rap, but they are nothing to be ashamed of! We are all human and sometimes we need a rest. As a student sometimes I find myself being really unproductive – and that doesn’t help the grades! – so I take a quick power nap and feel better almost right away.
I’m a nap queen. I love them. What about you? What makes a perfect nap in your mind?