Napping isn’t just for kids anymore. Sometimes on my days off just curling up with my cats and a good book I’ll find myself just nodding off a bit…and it’s wonderful! Same goes for work, when I’m working a late shift and the afternoon yawns hit, I’ll curl under my desk on my 15-minute break and take a little shuteye. Turns out, there’s a scientific reason for nap time.
From Scientific American (11/18/15):
We reach peak daytime sleepiness in the afternoon, making 2-3pm the ideal time for a nap. If you are an early riser, you may need to shift that time slightly earlier.
Napping between 10 and 20 minutes is best, and no longer than 30 minutes. Longer naps can cause you to feel groggy, something researchers call sleep inertia.
Set an alarm so that you can rest easy without worrying whether or not you’ll wake up in time for your next meeting or class.
Create a nap-friendly environment. Dim the lights and perhaps add some white noise or some low level classical music, whatever works for you.
Some people swear by the coffee-and-nap combo. Since caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in, you can swig a cup of joe and then take a 15-20 minute power nap.
Here are a few nap inspired reads to get you started!
Cube Chic: Take your Office Space From Drab to Fab!
by Kelley Moore
By far the best cubicle renovation is the Nap Cube! Make your space your own with a few wild ideas or use your own twist on a them to motivate you or calm you down.
Eat, Drink, Nap: Bringing the House Home by SOHO House
Create the kind of space you want to be in; be inspired! One thing I learned from my husband was to create the kind of bedroom you don’t want to leave. Your bedroom should be a place of calm. We have linen sheets with cool tones of gray, creams, and blues. We also have a ton of blankets all over our house so guests feel comfortable and relaxed.
Yoganap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation
by Kristen Rentz
I love yoga. There have been a few times after heading to an afternoon yoga class that I head straight to nap land when I get home. It’s calming effect works wonders for stress both for your mind and body. Combining them makes so much sense!
How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh
And even if you can’t nap, just taking some time to refocus and meditate works. From manifesting calm to taking lazy days for yourself, this book is for anyone at anytime.
~ posted by Kara P.