The Noble Art of Napping!

The Noble Art of Napping!

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Do you nap in the afternoon?

Or are you thinking naps are for children and the elderly?

I personally am a huge fan of an afternoon nap and here’s why:

  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved performance and better memory
  • Increased alertness
  • Reduced stress
  • Increase of energy if you have a longer workday or shift
  • Improved mood
  • Relaxation
  • Peacefulness

Benefits for toddlers napping are numerous but studies with adults also show that a nap between 1pm and 3pm, combined with moderate exercise like a walk or stretching in the evening, can actually help improve nighttime sleep. That might sound contradictory but give it a go!

Research additionally shows that sleep plays an important role in storing memories, so a nap can help you remember things learned earlier in the day, help you join the dots on problems and aid your creativity. What’s not to love about that!

Here’s how to make the most of them:

  • Keep your naps short – generally 10 to 20 minutes. The longer you nap the more likely you are to experience inertia and grogginess afterwards (not so great!).
  • Take your nap before 3pm so it doesn’t interfere with your nighttime routine.
  • Try to nap roughly the same time each day and set your alarm clock so you don’t oversleep.

No time?

If circumstances mean it isn’t possible for you to just drop off in the middle of the day, then do some relaxing or meditative breathing instead. You can do that anywhere with a bit of planning and will gain many benefits from taking the time. You don’t even have to spend that long – target yourself to do even a couple of minutes every hour or two and notice the improvements you get.

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(Just to highlight – if you are experiencing sudden tiredness for no obvious reason and that continues, then get checked out by your doctor).

Are naps good for you?  Absolutely!

So let go of any guilt or thoughts of it not being on trend and snooze away!

Janice x