Struggle to get through the whole day with a bright and creative mind? A power nap can be a great refresher if you’re feeling tired during the day. However, you need to be careful not to let it disrupt your regular sleep cycle.
To ensure you get the most out of your day nap and stop it from messing with your regular sleep cycle there are some simple rules to follow.
1. Pick your time — The ideal time is between 1pm and 4pm. Any later and you’ll interrupt your evening sleep cycle.
2. Set your alarm — The ideal power nap lasts between 10 and 30 minutes. Any longer and you’ll develop sleep inertia — that unpleasant groggy feeling you get trying to wake up.
3. Get comfortable — Choose a place to nap that’s dark and quiet, and use a blanket as your temperature drops when you sleep.
4. Practice makes perfect — Don’t expect to fall asleep instantly if you’re new at napping. Set aside time to relax and wind down beforehand to give you the best chance at success.