To celebrate World Sleep Day, we’ve been working closely with our Sleep Scientist, Robin Thorpe to discover why napping is so good for us and what the benefits include…
- Reduces sleepiness: After a poor night’s sleep, a nap is a great way to recharge and prevent anymore sleepiness throughout the day.
- Heightens alertness: A quick nap recharges our battery, helping us to concerntrate and stay focused throughout the day.
- Boosts our mood: Lack of sleep results in us feeling more irritable and lacking in energy, so getting the right amount of sleep is vital for our mood and mental health.
Napping is even better for us now more than ever since the Coronavirus Pandemic has begun, as our Sleep Scientist, Dr. Robin Thorpe explains, as it can re-charge our batteries to combat feelings of anxiety due to lack of sleep…
Naps are another fantastic way to improve sleep quantity if nocturnal sleep is affected by anxiety, napping just for 20 min has been shown to boost immune system function and perceived energy levels which could offset these anxiety related sleep disturbances’ – Dr Robin Thorpe
Recommended nap duration: 30 mins or 90 mins.
Napping for longer than 90 mins can disrupt your ability to sleep at night, as we enter a deeper stage of sleep and it’s more difficult to awaken. (If you find yourself waking up feeling groggy after a nap or you have trouble falling asleep at night, try shortening your napping time.)
Timing: 12pm-4pm (afternoon)
If you only have 5 minutes to spare, just close your eyes; even a brief rest has the benefit of reducing stress and helping you relax a little, which can give you more energy to complete the tasks of your day. But don’t confuse a brief rest with microsleep.
Tips for an effective nap
If you want to obtain more sleep and the health benefits that go with getting enough sleep, here are some tips for more effective napping and sleep at night:
- Avoid caffeine after 3 p.m: Caffeine stays in our system for up to 4-6 hours, so avoiding it in the afternoon helps us to settle down in the evening.
- Set an alarm if you don’t want to nap for a long time.
- Try meditation If you don’t have time for a power nap, give your body a rest and try meditation. It helps to produce slower brain waves similar to sleep, which is extremely good for our mental wellbeing, too.
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