Sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed), a nap is usually taken during the afternoon and research has suggested that naps of even only about 20 minutes can help improve alertness, maintain focus, and enhance energy and activity throughout the day. So, if you are just getting less than 7 hours of shut-eye at night, taking a nap during the daytime will be very beneficial for your overall physical as well as mental health. However, there are certain tips that you need to take note of that will help make your nap time truly redeeming, re-establishing, reinstating and restorative. Following are 5 things which you need to keep in mind before going for a nap:
- Don’t take a nap too early or too late
You need to find a good middle time for your nap. Now, this depends on your sleep schedule, of course, but if you are an early riser who usually gets up between 04:00 AM – 05:00 AM, then taking a nap between 01:00 – 02:00 PM is ideal for you. Similarly, you can adjust your nap timings according to your sleep schedule and find the ideal time for you. If you take a nap too early or too late during the day, it will be counter-productive as taking a nap too early will still make you feel sleepy during the day, and taking a nap too late will intervene in your nighttime sleep schedule.
- Keep the nap short
To be most effective, naps must be kept brief. Usually, a nap is about 20-30 minutes – going beyond 30 minutes will make you enter into later stages of the sleep cycle, and thereafter if you wake up, instead of being active, you will be more sleepy and inactive as your brain thought that you were retiring for the day when you fell into a long nap.
So stick to the ideal nap time – if you have trouble waking up initially, then set an alarm clock for the same purpose that you do in the morning.
- Find a place that is comfortable — but not too comfortable
If you are in the habit of taking a nap on your bed, then chances are that you have never woken up before 30 minutes and usually end up in deep sleep before waking up with a startle. Your bed is not an ideal napping spot, and it should be kept for night time sleep only.
Nowadays, napping has proven to be so crucial that many workplaces have specially designated areas for the employees to take power naps. If your workplace is one of them, you are definitely a lucky individual.
If you don’t have a designated napping space, you can take a nap by simply closing your eyes on your chair and breathing slowly, making your body to go into relaxation mode. Studies have claimed that the practice of closing your eyes and breathing slowly has the same effects as an actual power nap.
- Use CBD Oil
If you find yourself facing trouble sleeping at night (as well as falling asleep for a nap) due to bouts of anxiety and stress at your workplace or in your personal life, then CBD Oil is the best option for you to get rid of that unnecessary stress and relax your physical -and mental – self.
CBD, or Cannabidiol Oil, is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and bodily inflammation. This mental and physical benefit of CBD Oil makes it an effective product to relax your mind and body. Moreover, CBD Oil has no psychoactive or “high” effects which occur due to “regular” weed use. CBD Oil doesn’t stimulate your nervous system, but rather it represses it and prevents its arousal over stimuli such as stress or anxiety, thereby promoting a sense of well-being and relaxation both mentally as well as physically.
Also, CBD Oil in small doses can improve daytime alertness, and since the effects of CBD Oil kick in after about 20-30 minutes, you can take a nap for that duration and wake up when the effects kick in, thus feeling fully refreshed and alert.
- Maintain silence
The place you do choose for your nap must be quiet so that you can get into nap mode easily. Also, the place should not be too bright or too dark – you can use earplugs to cut out the noise and an eye mask to get the required amount of darkness.
So, these are the 5 tips by which you can go about taking the absolute best quality nap, every single day. Good luck, and have a peaceful nap time!