When someone mentions napping, most people imagine a child, like the adorable one pictured to the right. Once a child gets cranky and tired, it’s time to put them down for a nap. They awake refreshed and in a better mood. Napping isn’t just for children; there are tons of benefits for adults, too. If you’re starting to get too stressed about the adoption items you have to complete, or the adoption wait, an occasional nap may be just what you need. Read on to learn tips on napping for adults, as well as 8 attractive benefits!
What are the benefits of napping for adults?
A quick nap offers multiple benefits for adults, including:
- Enhanced focus and alertness
- More clarity for answers to problems
- Reduced exhaustion
- Upgraded mood
- Improved performance, quicker reaction time and better memory
- Lower blood pressure
- The ability to pause and nurture ourselves in today’s busy world
To get the most out of your nap, keep it short: about 10 to 30 minutes should do it. If you nap for a long time, you’ll wake up feeling groggy.
Plan your schedule so you can take your nap in the afternoon. Around 2:00 or 3:00 is ideal: that’s when many of us feel sleepy or less alert. Plus if you nap earlier in the afternoon, there’s less of a chance that your nap will prevent you from falling asleep at night.
Create a comfortable and relaxing environment for your nap. Nap in a dark, quiet spot with a cozy room temperature and few distractions. And make sure to give yourself enough time to wake up fully, especially before doing activities that require a quick response.