Did you know that more than 85% of mammals take naps?
Yet, humans are part of the minority that choose NOT to nap. In fact, as a nation, we are considered sleep deprived.
It’s our busy lifestyle and cultural that puts work and leisure activities first and sleep as last priority that makes us reaching for the coffee all day. And although napping surely cannot replace the benefits of a good night’s sleep, it can improve mood, alertness, and performance.
Here are a few quick tips on how to take a proper nap.
Studies show that short naps, anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes improve alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
Limit light filtering in the room which can be disruptive to sleep. Lower the shades or consider wearing an eye mask when napping.
Avoid deep sleep by propping pillows to elevate your head or sleeping in a comfortable chair. This will help limit the amount of time you are napping.
Optimal time to nap is between 1-4pm. Anything later than that may interfere your nighttime sleep.
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Do you take regular naps? Share your tips with us in the comments below.
References: National Sleep Foundation, Mayo Clinic, boston.com, Wall Street Journal
Written by Terri Dux, copywriter/graphic artist for C. S. Wo & Sons, parent company of SlumberWorld.