My girls have been napping less frequently and I have been missing their midday snooze, possibly more than them! I like to curl up with them from time to time and get some extra sleep. Sometimes or if I’m honest, most nights, I’m up a least once getting them back to sleep. My kids have never been consistent sleep through the nighters. So the hours I miss out on at night, I really look forward to catching up during the day. I know many Mums use nap time to be productive and get stuff done. Not me, I use it to sleep and so that I’m a better person!
When I was working full time I had long days with early starts. Everyday I would think to myself that a little nap would really be awesome at about 2pm. I may or may not have even fallen asleep in my chair a few times. It was definitely not the done thing where I worked, but it did leave me wondering if we were missing out by not taking the midday siesta!
researching googling the health benefits in adults who nap it became apparent that the only downside to taking a nap was that it could throw your nighttime sleep if you napped for too long.
- There are, however, many benefits to taking a nap:
- Enhanced alertness, performance and mood.
- Lower blood pressure and improved heart health.
- Easier to manage and control weight.
If you’re having trouble tucking in for the day time nap and actually getting some sleep the mood you create can make a huge impact.
- Close the curtains and keep the room as dark and quiet as possible.
- Make it part of your day time routine and do the same things in preparation for your nap each day.
- Avoid caffeine and stimulants prior to your nap.
- Get comfortable and have your nap in a place you feel safe, relaxed and warm.
Ahhh seems like such a luxury having a nap doesn’t it? Even writing about it seems very luxurious. The midday siesta is definitely underrated in todays world!