SLEEP TRAINING TIPS – HOW TO NAP

There are proven benefits to allowing our bodies some time to recuperate and refresh. Taking a break during the day can work wonders in making the mind perform more effectively and helps avoid the dreaded mental burnout.

WHAT’S THE BEST TIME TO NAP?

Our bodies naturally slow down at two clear points during the day. 2 to 4am and 1 to 3pm, so a mid afternoon nap will tie in with your body’s natural rhythm and have the greatest effect.

HOW LONG?

Your body will usually make this decision for you! People worry about falling asleep for hours, but like anything, it’s all down to training. The more you practice napping, the better at it you and your body will become. Anything between 10 minutes to an hour is plenty. Your body will dictate what works for you. If you’re especially worried about doxing off for too long, have a coffee right before you lay down. This will limit how long you sleep for. And remember the most beneficial naps, according to sleep experts, are those which are relatively short. So set that alarm!

HOW DO I DO IT?

Comfort is key! Don’t try to just fall asleep at your office chair. Find somewhere to lie down, with a comfortable temperature, little noise and as dark as you need to nod off. And once you find the right place and the right time, stick to it. Consistency is key to successful napping!

WHERE DO I DO IT?

               Find a quiet, dark place with no interruptions. Leave the phone in another room and shut the curtains, maybe close the windows for even more peace. Experts recommend trying the couch instead of a bed, so you’re not tempted to fall asleep for too long! Sleep masks can also help, as can a cup of chamomile tea.

STICK TO A ROUTINE

Like with everything, the more we practice something, the better we get at it. So if at first you struggle to get to sleep, don’t stress. Even if you sit quietly for hals an hour but don’t actually fall asleep, this is still beneficial for the body. And sticking to the same time each day will get your body prepared and used to the schedule. It will recognise when nap time is approaching and before long you’ll be a nap expert!