After too many days of going to bed too late and waking up too early, naps have become my favorite pastime. Believe it or not, they’ve conducted studies on naps and I deeply regret not being a part of the experiments! Thanks to said studies, here’s some tips from the experts about naps!
- If it’s a weekday and you’re working, don’t take too long of a nap. The longer the nap, the more likely you are to wake up groggy. Grogginess can last up to 30 minutes so chances are you won’t be very productive. A nap as little as 10 or 20 minutes will leave you energetic, refreshed and mentally sharper. On weekends, try to keep naps at less than an hour so they don’t interfere with nighttime sleep.
- Avoid nighttime naps. Researchers saying 1 to 4pm is when our body’s circadian rhythms make us more likely to be tired. A late nap is more likely to interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night and none of us enjoy waking up grumpy in the morning.
- If you suffer from a sleeping disorder like insomnia or sleep apnea, don’t take naps—they will only make the disorder worse!
- Don’t use napping as a substitute for getting a full night’s sleep!!!
That’s it for now—happy napping!
Source: Wall Street Journal