How to take the perfect power nap: The secrets to sleep
Do you ever find yourself in need of a quick nap but can't seem to actually relax and fall asleep? Here, the secrets will be revealed on how to take the perfect power nap and find the energy you have been lacking.
Many people hope that they can just settle down in any area and take a successful nap; however, there are some key tips to follow in order to get the most out of your power nap. Approximately 36% of UK adults find themselves struggling to sleep on a weekly basis. In order to fix this issue, an effective nap might just be the key to restoring your energy.
Find a cool, comfortable and safe rest space to lay down.
You will want this to be a place with little distractions (put your smartphone away!). Finding a place with blackout curtains is also a great idea as it will blockout any light from reaching your eyes. Your internal body clock that controls your sleep pattern is called the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is controlled by the circadian pacemaker which is highly influenced by light exposure. Light exposure far from your usual sleep time influences your internal body clock to get tired earlier. Light exposure closer to your usual sleep time influences your internal body clock to push sleep later, believing that it is still daytime. Using headphones to block out any sound or a bluetooth speaker to play comforting sounds and music as you nap will allow for you to fall asleep faster as well.
Set an alarm!
Based on studies performed by The Mayo Clinic and the Sleep Foundation, the ideal nap time is between 10-30 minutes. It is ideal to keep nap time short in order to get the most energy out of it without waking up groggy. Remember to give yourself a few minutes before returning to your day after your nap to allow your mind to completely adjust. Here’s more on different nap times…
Take a late morning to early afternoon nap.
The time that you nap matters. The Mayo Clinic’s studies show that napping in the late afternoon can interfere with your sleep at night. Napping too close to the time of your sleep can make it harder to fall asleep at night, impeding on your sleep pattern. Find a short time between the late morning and early afternoon to plan your nap. If you know ahead of time that you won't be getting enough sleep at night, plan ahead! Schedule a time the morning or afternoon before to take a short nap, this will help you later.
Our RestSpace nap pods have the keys to a successful nap integrated within each pod. Sound absorbing and blocking layers reduce sound from entering the pod. The privacy lock ensures an uninterrupted safe sleep. If winding down for you includes calm music or sounds, the bluetooth speaker within the pod will help relax you. Implementing these nap pods into your workplace can allow for a simpler and more energized nap for your employees, rejuvenating and refreshing workers to be more productive.
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