To Nap, or Not to Nap?
After an exhausting week, staying in bed all weekend can sure sound tempting. While that may not be the best way to spend your two days off, it’s still very tempting to lay down in the afternoon for just an hour or two. And I know we’ve all hit the great wall of afternoon drowsiness in the middle of a workday. The question is - should you nap? Or will you pay a consequence for doing so?
Go ahead, do it.
According to sleep.org, when done right, napping can actually yield wonderful benefits. The trick is keeping your shut-eye short, and doing it right after lunch. Usually, 20 minutes will do the trick. If kept to this short length, you’ll most likely wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and a little bit more ready to finish working. On the weekend, if you’re feeling drained and exhausted, consider a 70-90 minute nap. This is just enough time for our body to go into REM (Rapid Eye Movement), so if done right, you can wake up feeling inspired and ready to create!
On second thought…
According to The American College of Cardiology, taking naps for longer than 40 minutes puts us at risk for multiple conditions, including (but not limited too) high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Also, long naps also pose the possibility of making you feel even more tired afterward. However, I have yet to find bad news related to napping for 30 minutes or less. Hooray!
Now, it’s your turn to make the decision. Is the inspiration worth the risk of the 90-minute REM nap? Or can you get by with a quick 20-minute power nap? Personally, I can’t seem to get up once I lay down in the afternoon. Before I know it, 2 hours have gone by. Oops.
Let me know what your napping habits are in the comments below!