Napping our way through Covid19
I’ve touched on the topic of napping before here, but thought a little refresher is in order, seeing as a LOT of us are napping a LOT right now - our beds are just so darn close to where we work, and anxiety around the Covid situation is making us seriously lethargic.
Can you relate (like I can)? Are you a fellow napper?
Well, power to you, because napping should no longer be scorned by society as an act of the lazy.
Two well-known wellness heavyweights recently confirmed in an interview that they love a good ol’ nap, as they know it poses a gamut of health benefits: Joe Wicks and Louis Theroux. Similarly, according to James Wilson, The Sleep Geek, naps are great for improving our performance, productivity and our alertness.
Plus, a recent study shared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society confirms these statements – according to the research, folks who nap for 30-90 minutes have better word recall (a sign of good memory), decreased stress levels and healthier hearts.
But if you want to sleep well at night, don’t overdo the nap – keep your shut-eye to a respectable 30 mins max. This is also called a 'power nap' – which could increase alertness, productivity and focus, and usually better mental health too - ergo, POWER.
Another nap rule: steer clear of daytime shut-eye anytime after 3 pm.
Here's Nightire's quick guide to ace-ing the nap:
If your room has sunshine streaming through during the day, perhaps invest in an eyemask. These super soft Nightire bamboo ones are ace.
Hydrate when you wake up, and perhaps snack on something sugary if you feel groggy and disorientated.
Cover yourself for coziness (we love this duvet from Nanu) to snuggle up like a boss.
Pop some music or a white noise machine on in the background to soothe you and mask any daytime city noises.
So! To sum up, if you’ve had a disturbed night’s sleep or just need a tiny bit more rest, nap away (just set that alarm so you can wake up before the 30 mins timer is up)!
Written my Nina Clark, Nightire founder