Humans are always on the go and do not know how to slow down and take it easy anymore. Because of this, many of us suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. An interesting fact is that greater than 85% of mammalian species take short naps throughout the day but, the interesting thing is, unless we are children or older, the American cultures looks upon that as lazy and indulgent. The truth is that there are many benefits to napping. Let’s take a look at some of them…
- Promotes relaxation
- Decreases fatigue
- Increases alertness
- Improves mood (I know it does mine!)
- Improves performance
- Results in quicker reaction time
- Better memory
And this list does not even address the psychological benefits of napping which include a sense of rejuvenation, a luxurious feeling and the sense of having just gone on a mini vacation.
There can be some negative effects to napping. One might feel groggy and disoriented after a nap. A nap might also worsen insomnia or have an effect on someone who already has poor sleep quality at night.
To avoid those negative effects, practice healthy napping protocols.
- Keep your naps short. Just 10 to 30 minutes should be enough to feel refreshened and ready to continue on your day.
- Scientists believe that the best time to nap is between 2 and 3 pm. This is when most people experience post-lunch sleepiness, have a lower level of alertness and, by napping at that time of day, the nap is less likely to interfere with your nighttime sleep.
- You also want to nap in a quiet, dark place with a comfortable temperature and few distractions.
When it is time for bed, be sure to practice good sleep hygiene. If you do not know what that means, jump over to my blog, “5 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Tonight.”
Are you looking for the perfect place to nap? Enjoy all the health benefits of a salt room while enjoying a quick nap to rejuvenate, gain more energy and continue on your day.