Taking An Effective Power Nap
Power naps can be an amazing thing if they are used properly; you have to sacrifice a mere 20 minutes of your time, and you wake up feeling refreshed, energetic, and brand new. However, power naps can completely ruin the rest of a person's day if not used properly; they can leave you feeling tired, groggy, and ruin your sleeping pattern.
The key to taking an effective power nap is how, when, and for how long you take them. For instance, imagine that you get home from work and lay down on the couch to take a quick power nap; one hour later after you slept through your alarm, you wake up from your power nap. You will probably feel more tired than you we're before the nap; this is because your body was trying to enter a deep sleep right before you woke up. And because of this increased tired feeling you will probably end up being cranky and groggy. You will also have trouble falling asleep at night; this is because your body just got a full hour of non-deep sleep, so you will not feel as tired at night, and probably end up falling asleep at least an hour later.
However, imagine that you came home from work, lay down on the couch for a power nap, and woke up to your alarm 20 minutes later; you will wake up feeling refreshed, energetic, and brand new. You are probably thinking: what is the difference between those two scenarios? The answer to that question is that the former allowed your body enough time to go into a deep sleep for about half an hour; whereas, the latter simply allowed your body to relax and refresh. In addition to the amount of time taken for a power nap, there are a few other factors that affect it such as where you take it, how you take it, and when you take it. This article is designed to explain those variables to you, so that you too can take effective power naps.
Set Your Alarm For 20 Minutes Into The Power Nap
This is the most important factor in taking a power nap effectively. It takes the average person's body about 30 minutes to go into a deep sleep. Moreover, waking your body when it is in a deep sleep can be a nearly traumatizing experience for your body; think of how you felt the last time that you had to wake up after only 4 hours of sleep. With that being said, power naps can be effective to the point that you do not allow your body to go into a deep sleep. Since it takes about 30 minutes for your body to go into a deep sleep, the 20 minute power nap rule is near perfect. This can be considered the magic number for power naps; set your alarm for 20 minutes into the power nap and you should wake up feeling like gold.
Take It In A Not-So-Comfortable Place
Taking a power nap in a place that your body finds really comfortable could result in you going into a deep sleep quicker than usual; this is especially true if you are really tired! if you take a power nap in a comfortable place, you body might enjoy it as much as it enjoys sleep, and may not like being woken up; furthermore, this would result in the ways that an ineffective power nap makes you feel. To ensure that your power nap allows you to wake up feeling positive, it must be taken in a place that is not very comfortable.
A bed would be a horrible choice because it is comfortable enough to sleep through a whole night regularly. In addition to that your body has motor memory; taking a power nap in a bed may result in your body thinking that it is going to sleep for the night, which would result in the negative effects of a power nap. A couch or carpet may be an amazing place to take a power nap because they offer an environment that is comfortable enough to fall asleep on, but not comfortable enough to lay undisturbed for hours.
Take It Early On In The Day
This doesn't have to do with how you will feel when you wake up, but rather how you will feel before you go to sleep. The goal of a power nap is to feel much better when you wake up, while not affecting your sleeping pattern for that night. In order to do this you should try to take it as early on in the day as possible; this way it has the smallest chance of affecting your sleeping pattern. If you were to take a power nap 2 hours prior to your normal sleeping time, your body would be refreshed and would have trouble falling asleep when you wanted it to. However, if you were to take the power nap earlier on in the day, your body would tire out by the time that you tried to go to sleep. Everyone's schedule is different, but you should try to take the power nap as early as your schedule allows in order to avoid affecting your sleeping pattern.
Power naps can be an amazing tool, and if used effectively can allow you to feel refreshed, energetic, and like brand new when you wake up. However, if taken improperly can leave you feeling tired, groggy, and bother your sleeping pattern. Use the tips that are provided in this article to ensure that you only experience the positive effects of power naps, and use them for their benefits!