- Mindful Naps : Short day time naps have been shown to improve learning and memory. They increase alertness and put us in a better mood. Here are some napping tips:
– To avoid feeling drowsy “sleep inertia” avoid going into the dream state/ REM sleep. If you do, you will probably feel more drowsy when you wake up.
– Keep your nap under 20 minutes; aim for 15 minutes and set an alarm.
– Keep it early and before 2:30pm to avoid affecting night time sleep.
When naps work:
Naps don’t work for everybody, especially those with difficulty sleeping at night. It usually requires sleeping somewhere that is not your own bed and interferes with the normal working day. If it does work for you, it can be a powerful regenerator that increases memory and focus.
When to explore your need to nap:
A sudden need to nap during the day is different and it can signal a change in health. In the elderly, it is associated with cognitive decline and has also been linked to diabetes.