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How to Power Nap


Lauren S.
Mar 22, 2016

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If you follow our Facebook page, you may have noticed this great article we shared from The New York Times that says naps cannot replace a major sleep deficit, and we agree. But there are times during a hectic day that warrant the need for a reboot. We firmly believe that everyone should strive for the best night of sleep to fuel the next day, but there are great benefits of taking power naps, as well. Here are the tips you need for better sleep during power naps.

A power nap can rejuvenate you from an annoying friend who pushed your buttons or give you a quick refresh to help jog your memory. If you’re feeling forgetful or annoyed, skip choosing that energy drink at the corner store and power nap instead.

First, Head to a Quiet Space

Whether it’s the quiet corner of your office space, a back table in the student union, or your favorite chair at home, the first step to taking a power nap is finding a good spot.

Second, Make it Snappy

There’s no power in a long nap. Aim for 15 to 20 minutes max. If you interrupt a sleep cycle prior to finishing, you may wake up feeling more tired than when you fell asleep. The goal is to rest your brain before it falls into the deep sleep, which is around 30 minutes for most people. Trust us; 20 minutes is enough time to nap.

If you interrupt a sleep cycle prior to finishing, you may wake up feeling more tired than when you fell asleep.

Third, Rest in the Afternoon

The best time of day to power nap is after lunch and before 4:00 or 5:00 in the evening. Napping too late in the day will disrupt your necessary night of sleep.

Last, Make it Peaceful

Turn on some white noise (we recommend a boring podcast or soothing, light music) and turn back to the traditional method of counting sheep. Keep your eyes closed to eliminate distractions, and focus on relaxing. You’ll be asleep in no time.

Do you have any other tips for better sleep during power naps?

Disclaimer: Nolah does not provide medical advice. All resources on the Nolah blog, including this article, are informational only and do not replace professional medical counsel. Talk to your doctor about any health, mental health, or sleep-related issues.


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