7 Tips For The Perfect Nap

With the amount of time at your disposal this festive season you might want to use it for taking naps after learning the many health benefits of napping. Studies have shown that both mood and productivity are improved when a person has a quick power nap when they are feeling low or unable to put effort into a task.

Sara Mednick, author of Take a Nap! shares her tips on how to get the perfect nap:

7 Tips For The Perfect Nap

1. You need to recognize that you are not being lazy.
Understand that your body needs this nap to help you to get back on track.

2. Try to take a nap in the morning or just after lunch, if you can.
Human circadian rhythms make late afternoons a more likely time to fall into a deep sleep, which will leave you feeling groggy when you wake up.

3. Avoid consuming large quantities of caffeine or foods that are heavy in fat and sugar.
These will affect your ability to fall asleep.

4. Eat foods high in calcium and protein, which promote sleep.

5. Find a clean, quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

perfect nap | Longevity LIVE6. Try to darken your nap zone.
Darkness stimulates melatonin, the sleep inducing hormone.

7. Remember that body temperature drops when you fall asleep.
Raise the room temperature or use a blanket to keep yourself comfortable. Once you are relaxed and in position to fall asleep, set your alarm for the desired duration.

Happy Napping!

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