Whether induced by Thanksgiving feast indulgence or just resting up so you can make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, adults are getting on the nap bandwagon.
Want to be a power napper? Here's how:
• Get comfy. If you’re waking up in the morning with an achy back, chances are the same will happen when you nap. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade your mattress.
• Close the curtains and make sure you have minimal light, noise and disruptions.
• Take off anything tight and constrictive: shoes, belts, ties.
• Body temperatures tend to dip naturally between 1 and 3 p.m., so you’ll be well primed to grab some shuteye in that window.
• Set an alarm. Napping too long may cause you to experience sleep inertia, which will
leave you feeling foggy.
Athletes and professional sports teams are joining the healthy nap bandwagon with new sleep rooms at the clubhouse. Even corporations like Ben & Jerry’s, Google and Uber provide dedicated sleep spaces in their headquarters because naps are good for recharging your brain and body. Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg, a board-certified sleep physician, says a 10-minute nap can increase your alertness for 2 to 3 hours, help you recover from a poor night’s sleep and help improve your memory.
Additional data has found that naps also improve performance, reaction time and logical reasoning.