Summer brings brighter days, longer nights, and a whirlwind of social activities. From festivals to beach outings and picnics in the park, the possibilities feel endless. Amidst the excitement, it's essential to prioritize rest for both your body and mind. That's where naps come in! This summer, grant yourself permission to embrace the joy of snoozing and siestas. Here are our top tips for making the most of your summer nap sessions:
The science of naps
Scientific studies have validated the remarkable effects of 20-minute naps on cognitive function and overall well-being. These brief periods of rest have been shown to improve memory, stimulate creative thinking, reduce blood pressure, and elevate mood. Whether you're feeling fatigued or not, incorporating regular 20-minute naps into your routine offers a valuable boost for both your brain and body.
Time it right
To maximize the benefits of your power nap, aim for a duration of 20-30 minutes, targeting the lighter stages of sleep. If you require a longer nap, opt for 90 minutes to complete a full sleep cycle. Deviating from these timeframes may lead to grogginess upon awakening from deep sleep. Remember to set an alarm to ensure you awaken feeling rejuvenated and alert.
Set yourself up
You’re most likely going to be napping in the daylight, so a sleep mask is an easy way to make sure you can shut off that sunshine. But only temporarily.
Travelling? Be sure to pack in a nap
It's no secret that travel can throw off your sleep patterns, leaving you feeling fatigued and out of sync. Rather than pushing through exhausting days and struggling to sleep at night, consider integrating a siesta into your routine. This strategic nap can replenish your energy levels and help you power through those lengthy holiday gatherings with ease. Remember to pack your sleep mask.
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