Need a Nap? You're Not Alone and Here's How You Should Take One
The start of the workweek almost always brings a case of the Mondays. What about when it's the Monday after daylight saving time. You may be crashing even early than usual.
That's why the Monday after daylight saving time is national nap day and we have you covered.
Here are some tips on the best way to nap without feeling overtired or getting in trouble with your boss.
Limit the time you sleep
Naps can be beneficial but if you sleep too long, you might wake up feeling more tired than before you slept. Keep the timing at 20-30 minutes to feel refreshed (this will still leave you some time to eat lunch if you are at work.) for short-term alertness. According to sleepfoundation.org this length will give you "improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep."
Some experts say drinking coffee right before you take a 20-minute nap can leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up.
Choose the right time
This nap wheel tells you the ideal time to get some shut-eye according to what time you wake up and go to bed.
The right place
You need to choose somewhere comfortable with little noise. Sleepfoundation.org has tips for multiple locations but points out that home is always the best place. If you are at work, park your car in a warm, quiet spot or find an office with a couch (just make sure to get permission from the office's occupant) to get the best benefit from your nap.
Get a little exercise after you snooze
If you have a longer lunch, try sleeping for 20 minutes, then fitting in a quick 10-minute brisk walk. The exercise will leave you feeling more awake
A last-ditch effort
If all else fails, you can move to Europe where a long lunch followed by an afternoon siesta is a daily activity in many countries or you can skip daylight saving time altogether.