Me: “I’m just going to lie down and take a 20-minute nap.”
Also me: [2 Hours Later] “Oops.”
If that’s not relatable, then what is? We’re all guilty of either taking too many, or too long of naps. But sometimes, we just need to shut down for a little while to go on with our day.
Of course what I’m going to say next is pretty obvious, but chances are, you need to get more sleep. If you had more sleep, you wouldn’t be in this situation of sheer and utter exhaustion. But, sometimes scheduling in more sleep just can’t happen, and I get it. Besides, napping isn’t a bad thing, you just need to know when you get back up.
I’m going to teach you how to optimize your naps to make them the most efficient, re-charging sessions you’ve had yet. Let’s break it down..
GOOD REASONS TO TAKE A NAP
– You haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before.
– You might be experiencing some of that mental fog from that time of the month.
– You’re feeling under the weather.
POOR REASON TO HAVE A NAP
– You haven’t been following the most nutrient dense diet.
– You have nothing else to do.
– You got too many hours of sleep.
WHY TAKE A NAP?
– To relieve stress and relax your mind.
– To re-energize in order to finish the rest of your day.
– To boost your mood.
– To allow your body to get the rest it needs in order to heal.
WHY AVOID A NAP?
– If you got too much sleep, your body is craving sleep. You need to fight through the tired
feeling until your body is truly tired again.
– Instead of napping out of boredom, try working out or keep yourself busy. Know that your body isn’t tired.
– If you’ve had a poor diet and feel tired, indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables (maybe even some good carbs) to spike up your energy levels.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU NAP FOR?
The idea nap should be about 20-30 minutes. However, if you are REALLY feeling drained, a 45 minute nap is definitely acceptable. And if your plugged hours of sleep are really lacking, a 90 minutes snooze is suggested. This may seem like a long time, and maybe not so much of a ‘nap’, but it allows the body to cycle through a complete sleep cycle. You know whether or not you’ve had a good nap on how you wake up. If you wake up feeling more tired and groggy, you’ve napped for too long. Typically, if your body really isn’t that tired, it will naturally wake you up in the appropriate time. But, set an alarm… just to be sure.
WHEN SHOULD YOU NAP?
Try not to nap too late in the day and mess with your regular nighttime sleep schedule. If you’re napping anytime after 5pm, you should probably just try and go to bed early instead. On the flip side, don’t nap too early. Sometimes after a night’s sleep, especially a restless one, you may feel like you need a nap just hours after awaking. Instead of sleeping, keep on moving and eventually you will wake up. Early afternoon is probably the most ideal napping period.