Do you love taking naps? Well, who doesn’t! And when you find out that naps can actually improve your productivity further, there is more reason to indulge yourself, right? But, according to sleep experts, naps need to be timed, or else they can be counter-productive. Don’t worry we have got your back!
In today’s post, we will tell you everything you need to know about naps and how to make them effective. We will be discussing what a sleep cycle is, the various stages of sleep, and will introduce you to a quirky nap technique called caffeine nap. Let’s dive right in.
A nap is supposed to rejuvenate you. It will make you more alert by lowering your adenosine levels which are responsible for making you drowsy. Taking a nap is the cheapest vacation you can give yourself; it costs you nothing, and it refreshes you to take on more tasks!
Timing your naps
To set a timer for your nap is a smart way of sleeping. According to studies, the best duration for a nap ranges from 15 to 20 minutes. Longer naps don’t make the cut because they end causing sleep inertia, which makes you groggier and even less productive than before. Long naps do not help achieve what naps are supposed to do, and so must be avoided completely.
Apart from preventing further lethargy, a short nap also has another advantage compared to long naps. A short nap does not negatively impact your sleep at night. If you take a nap that is longer than 20 minutes in the afternoon, then your sleep at night is bound to get affected. You will have difficulty in falling asleep at the usual time at night, and that is very unhealthy for you. Therefore, do the smart and healthy thing, and limit your afternoon naps to 15 or 20 minutes, not a minute more.
What is a caffeine nap?
Asleep under the influence of a caffeinated drink, especially coffee, is what’s making sleep news of late. To take a caffeine nap, all you gotta do is drink a cup of coffee, then set an alarm for 15 to 20 minutes, and go to sleep. When you wake up, your adenosine levels are lowered by the nap. At the same time, the caffeine kicks in and ensures the adenosine levels remain low for as long as possible, thus keeping you alert for a longer period. Try it for yourself, and share with us whether or not this new method of taking naps worked for you.
A good mattress for a good nap
To ensure you get good naps, you need to invest in a good mattress. Wakefit’s Orthopedic Memory Foam Mattress is the best investment you will be making for your sleep, and therefore, for your health. The mattress offers several features, such as body conformity, temperature control, motion isolation, hypoallergenic quality, natural spine alignment, and more. To buy our Ortho mattress, you can visit us here.