I always know when it’s 2 pm — no opinion demanded. It is the same every day, however many hours I’ve slept the night before. My eyelids become heavy, and I get that fuzzy-thinking feeling. It’s nap time.
If you are like me, the most crucial point to know is that this is normal. We generally have two periods of intense sleepiness at a 24-hour cycle, after between two 4 and pm a.m. and yet another about 10 hours after. An perfect nap is 20 to 45 minutes long. A 20-minute nap can promote alertness, concentration, coordination and an improved mood.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to nap during the day, then here are a few strategies for a quick and productive snooze.
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Find a quiet corner in the house in which you are able to draw the curtains. This daybed with excellent light control provided by the Roman shades is perfect for a two p.m. date with the sandman.
Use a blanket. You’ll have a hard time falling asleep if you’re chilly. Be cautious to not overheat with heaters and blankets, as this might cause you to oversleep.
Surround yourself. Blue is associated with tranquility and produces a calming effect. It is fantastic for the mind-body connection. Think of the sea and the skies and the calming influence of being outside.
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Attempt to find a space in your house where you feel removed from everything that is happening. Ideally, you would like to be away from the noise of TVs, mobile phones as well as the doorbell. This cozy nook feels exactly like a nest, and curtains provide a visual barrier.
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Many people today say they have a hard time falling asleep during the day. Try reading a novel. For many people, this really is the magical tip for slipping into that quick catnap.
Produce a bed of white linens and use lavender-scented lace spray. Much safer than having a candle, aromatherapy can relax your body and create the calming effect you need to fall asleep.
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White noise might help also; try the noise of waves or birds chirping.
If you’re one of those folks who prefers to not nap during the day or just cannot fall asleep, consider taking 20 minutes to sit at a nice room or by a fire and have your own private timeout.
Allow me to know what you think in the Comments section — following your nap, naturally.
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