As my belly continues to grow, so does my need for a nap. Long one, short one, it doesn’t really matter because every once in awhile a snooze is all that will do. New to this whole napping thing, I’ve come to learn the benefits of 15 minute snooze to stay refreshed and alert. I can’t believe it took me this long to get on board! In fact, my napping ventures have become a hobby– namely making sure we have lots of fluffy pillows and a quiet space ready for when fatigue strikes.
First, some benefits of and tips on napping (as if you needed swaying):
+ 20-30 minutes of napping is optimal if you need a jolt of energy.
+ Napping as been scientifically proven, by a little ol’ company named NASA, to improve performance.
+ Naps are best taken in the middle of the day so you can still fall asleep later.
+ Your mental and physical energy can be boosted by a nap as short as 10 minutes.
The question I have is this: why not swap coffee breaks for a napping one? If only that was acceptable office behavior!
If you’re really serious about getting your nap on, there are plenty of ways to convert a corner of your house to the act. I’ve found sunny spaces keep me from sleeping for too long, which negates all the benefits from a shorter snooze.
That is why napping somewhere other than your bed is always a good idea. A cot or pretty daybed is a great piece of furniture for naps and for entertaining guests.
And, if you’re not able to secure a designated napping space, stock up on huge pillows and gauzy blankets for the couch or bed. A lightweight duvet will envelop you in cotton-y goodness and you won’t be tempted to slip under the heavy duvet. This is a hard place to leave after only 10-20 minutes!
Apply these tips to any other space you wish to relax in and you’ll be in utter bliss.
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BY Kate Arends - April 18, 2016
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.