The Art of Napping
With all that is going on in the world, it is not surprising that many of us are fatigued and drained both physically and mentally. Our culture of constant stimulation and non-stop engagement is not good for our health. Now is the time to disconnect, breathe and restore our mental health.
Research is expanding on sleep, especially napping during the day. The verdict is that catching a few zzz’s in the middle of the day can work wonders on your mind, body and spirit. Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. Napping has psychological benefits, providing a simple way to relax and rejuvenate.
How To Nap
- A short, 20- to 30-minute nap is recommended for improved alertness and performance. Sleeping too long, beyond 30 minutes, can leave you feeling groggy or disoriented after awakening from a deep sleep.
- When napping, make sure that you have a restful place to lie down and that the temperature in the room is cool and comfortable. Try to limit the amount of noise heard and the extent of the light filtering in. You can use a sleep mask to block out daylight and help you fall asleep.
- Be sure to take your nap at the right time of day. If you take a nap too late in the day, it might impact your nighttime sleep and make it difficult to fall asleep at your regular bedtime.
- NEVER feel bad for napping. Listen to your body. If rest is needed, take the opportunity. There’s nothing wrong with resetting.