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How to Take the Perfect Nap

August 24, 2013

40 winks, resting your eyelids, siestas or cat naps, no matter what your power naps, I think it is safe to say that we all appreciate a good bit of mid day shuteye now and again. That said, did you know that there is also a wrong way about catching some sleep outside of normal sleeping hours? In fact, there have even been certain “nap rules” put into place to help you make the most out of the perfect nap.  

Rules? Who Needs Rules?

Taking a nap comes naturally and can be done at any time right? Well, actually this perception is not correct at all! To make the most out of your nap you have to get the timing right (rule number 1, so yes you do need rules after all).  A nap that is too long, or taken at the wrong time of day, will actually make you feel groggier and more exhausted than you felt before the nap. A long nap consists of anything more than 1 hour and the problem with this is that after 60 minutes of sleep our bodies enters a deep sleep phase, make it more difficult to wake up. So what is the ideal nap time? The perfect nap time limit is literally no more than 30 minutes. This half hour consists of 10 or 15 minutes of actual rejuvenating sleep and 15 minutes of actual relaxing sleep. 

The second rule of napping is just as important as the first, but not as easy to stick too. This is because you need to take a good nap in a nap friendly zone. What is a nap friendly zone you ask? Well, it is a room that is dark and quiet. This can cause a few issues if you wish to take a nap outside of the home. The best thing to do in this case is to purchase an eye mask and take a quick nap in your car. This is provided that you have parked in a cool, safe and quiet environment. Again, not an easy thing to do!

So, to sum things up you need to take a nap of no more than 30 minutes in an environment that is dark, cool and quiet. If you can do this on a daily basis you will soon find yourself full of energy and way more productive than in the past. But remember, do not nap too close to bedtime, because it will make it more difficult to fall asleep when it is time to go to bed at night.

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