Short naps have always been recommended for a mental boost.
Not just that, napping in the afternoon on weekends can help reduce fatigue, increase awareness and alertness, enhance your mood, cause better memory, better response, improve performance at work, and so much more.
Are weekend naps really necessary?
Yes, of course.
Here are the reasons why:
- When you don’t get enough sleep during the week
Life today is tough. Too busy to even sleep is no longer an excuse, but a reality.
In such a situation, an afternoon nap on weekends is the only savior!
Taking an hour off on Saturday and Sunday to get a nap can end up making you feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world.
- Your coffee intake will be under control
Usually, it is during the weekends that we take more coffee than usual because we don’t need to wake up on time or maintain a sleep schedule.
By including napping in your weekend routine, you will become careful of your caffeine intake to make sure your afternoon crash is not affected.
- Gives your brain the rest it needs
Checking social media or Netflix and chilling may feel like a rest, but it isn’t. This is because the brain gets no break. It functions the same way whether you are working on an excel sheet or scrolling through your favorite actor’s Instagram page.
Give your brain the rest it needs by getting a weekend nap.
- You deserve it
You have worked really hard through the week, and this is something you have earned for yourself.
So take a break from the world and cuddle up with someone you love for a weekend nap.
Yes, there are dos and don’ts of napping!
Here are some napping tips that you can follow to help you get the best weekend nap possible.
- An hour of rest
A weekend nap should be an hour-long rest.
If it is possible for you to nap on weekdays too (you come back home for lunch or you work from home), then limit your snoozes to twenty minutes.
Try not to extend your afternoon nap beyond 90 minutes as it can hinder your sleep quality at night.
- The schedule
Just like how it is important to maintain your nighttime sleep schedule, the same applies to weekend afternoon naps as well.
Pick a time that suits you best. Experts suggest 2 to 3 or 3 to 4 in the afternoon. However, after 4 is not a good idea because one, it makes you feel groggy, and two, since it is too close to bedtime, your nighttime sleep quality is bound to suffer.
- Create the space
If you are not a natural afternoon napper, then you need to create the right ambiance to get you in the mood!
Draw the curtains, lower the temperature a little, get under the sheets, and listen to a calming story. There are a number of apps out there, which will help you fall asleep in less than five minutes.
When is napping a bad idea?
Nothing is universally good for everyone, except maybe kindness!
Naps can cause issues such as sleep inertia. When not timed, it can make you feel groggy and irritated. If you are not used to naps, then you could also feel disoriented for a while.
Naps are a bad idea for people with insomnia as it can worsen your sleep quality at night. Long naps especially can degrade the problem of lack of sleep at night.
However, if these conditions don’t apply to you, then consider taking an afternoon nap this weekend. It is a long weekend after all!
This is a long weekend. Why not give afternoon naps a shot?