Power Naps This week’s health goal is to take a daily nap if you are feeling tired midday. Nice, right? We are giving you an excuse to snooze midday. Why would we suggest napping, instead of grabbing a cup of coffee to boost your productivity for the day? Well, research has found that naps reduce stress and have the ability to recharge your battery for the rest of the day.
Our bodies’ natural cycles are called circadian rhythms. Unfortunately, our bodies hit their peak sleepiness twice during a 24-hour day. Once is in the middle of the night, and the other time is 12 hours later. That is why, come noon, we start to feel tired. If we get a good seven to eight hours of restful sleep, most of the time we can power through the noon slump just fine. But if not, we might need a power nap (Huffingtonpost.com). Take a 30-minute nap.
- Albert Einstein was known to take 40-minute naps.
- Olympians and other tops athletes report afternoon naps as part of their training regimen.
- Many countries around the world make napping part of their culture. People in Spain take a “siesta,” and people in England take a “kip.”
OK, disclaimer: If you are going to take a nap, here are suggestions to prevent you from waking up disoriented. (WebMD)
- Prime napping times are between 1 and 3 p.m.
- A 90-minute nap is ideal because it will take you through a whole sleep cycle, but most of us don’t have 90 minutes. Therefore, make it quick. Thirty minutes or less is the ideal time for shorter naps.
- Try to make it dark by going into a dark room or wearing an eye mask.
- Once you wake up, take a quick walk in sunlight to set your circadian clock.