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! Continue reading “Nap Time is my Happy Hour”