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Power Naps - How Power Napping Really Works

February 04, 2016


The in’s and out’s of Power Napping

Need to recharge and recover? Tired of feeling tired? Do you turn to caffeine for an energy boost when you're feeling tired and worn out? Don't – naps and your mattress (or nearest flat bed) are the answer! You can truly boost your energy levels and cognitive skills by having a power nap! Power naps of between 15 and 20 minutes can increase your alertness and performance abilities both mentally and physically. In fact, they're a great remedy for those who suffer from sleep deprivation or need to put in extra hours of work.

Just how much you boost your brainpower will depend on how long you sleep for. According to WebMD, a power nap of 20 minutes or less will help you to boost your alertness and motor learning skills. A nap of longer than 20 minutes can help to boost creativity and memory abilities. While a nap of 30 to 60 minutes will help to boost decision-making skills.

Here are a few tips to help you to get the most out of your naps:

  • Nap according to a schedule. By timing your nap between 1pm and 3pm, you can enjoy most of the benefits and get through the day feeling well rested and de-stressed.

  • If you want to avoid feeling sluggish after your nap, try to keep them short. A good quality nap can be enjoyed in 20 minutes.
  • Your body temperature will drop when you are asleep, so make sure that you are warmly dressed and have a blanket at hand if required.
  • Get comfortable. The more comfortable you are for your nap, the quicker you will fall asleep and the more beneficial your sleep will be.

Regardless of how long you choose to nap for, it is important to have a comfortable bed, mattress and pillow. Good spine and neck support is essential to a nap that truly recharges both body and mind. For the bed advice on beds, mattresses and pillows contact The Bed King today, our consultants are standing ready to help you.


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