In the Wake of National Napping Day: Sleep Tips for Scoring Big on Some Extra Shuteye by Jessica Acree
It makes perfect sense that March 12 was National Napping Day because we all "sprang forward" on Sunday, losing an hour of precious sleep. A certain percentage of the population already considers themselves expert nappers (my former college roommate and husband are among them – #anytime, #anywhere), but not all of us can be so lucky.
According to the National Day Calendar, several studies have revealed a short 10- to 20-minute nap is actually the most effective when you start to hit that inevitable midday slowdown. A successful catnap gives you increased alertness, productivity and mood. What's not to love?! So, what can we do to maximize our napping efforts for the remainder of 2018?
- Keep them short! Any more than 30 minutes will just make you groggy with regret.
- Aim for mid-afternoon. The Mayo Clinic says between 2 and 3 p.m. seems to be the sweet spot.
- Be mindful of your surroundings. Keep it quiet, dark, comfortable and free of distractions.
What suggestions do you have? A certain essential oil? A sleep mask? Share below!
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