There’s nothing better than an unplanned Saturday afternoon nap in the summer. It’s a mini-indulgent that I look forward to every weekend. You know the setup: you’re reading a novel by the pool and you slip into a light sleep. There’s that feeling right before you fall asleep that is pure bliss. When you wake up, you feel refreshed and relaxed. Unless you feel even more tired, which seems to always be the case. The problem could be how long you are napping.
The powernap. Studies show that a 30-minute nap can actually promote more grogginess and cause you to feel more tired. For a quick burst of energy, a 20-minute nap is best because it’s easier to wake up and you won’t have the groggy feeling.
The perfect full nap. 1 hour and 30 minutes is considered the perfect amount of time to take a nap. It takes your body this long to fall into a full REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle meaning you actually dream! Taking a nap for 1.5 hours can actually improve your short-term memory and promote creativity, alertness and productivity.
Now, we can’t all just take a 1.5 hour lunch break to go home and take a nap. I wish that were the case, believe me. So there’s this great article about pulling off a nap at work. It’s hilarious, if you ask me! I love the video of this little girl taking a nap at the beach. Have you seen it?
What’s your definition of a perfect nap?