Boost your day with a quick nap
TAKING a nap during the day can really make a big difference to our mood and energy, but that nap can also interfere with our sleep patterns if we aren't careful.
We may want to nap for any number of reasons such as increasing alertness, regaining energy and preparing for a long period of awake time.
The Sleep Health Foundation recommends 'power' napping. This means limiting your nap time to no more than 15 to 30 minutes.
Sleeping any longer won't really make the difference that you are looking for. Instead you are likely to wake up feeling groggy and unwilling to get moving. You may also find you struggle to achieve a deep sleep when you head to bed at night.
Make it work for you
These tips can help you have a better nap every time:
- Aim to nap at the same time each day.
- Try not to nap too close to the time you normally go to sleep.
- Choose a quiet place, that is darkened and cool.
- Make sure you are comfortable, either sitting up or lying down.
- Try an eye mask if you struggle with napping in the daytime.
- If you are in a car, ensure you are parked in a safe location and the car is locked.
- Avoid drinking caffeine before napping.
- Eating a large meal before trying to nap could make relaxing more difficult.
- Set an alarm to help you wake up and get moving again.
- Give yourself a moment to orientate yourself after you wake up. Take a few deep breaths, for example, or seek some fresh air before you start driving or walking.
For more tips on better sleeping, go to the Sleep Health Foundation.