See It As A Moment Of Rest
“Napping is good for you. Studies show it improves overall memory and pushes memories to the brain’s neocortex (its permanent storage facility) while we sleep, preventing us from losing any data. Anecdotal evidence also says that a 30-minute yoga nidra, or yogic nap, where you lie down, shut your eyes and listen to a guided meditation, is the equivalent to four hours of sleep. If you struggle to nap in the traditional sense, yoga nidra can be very effective for rest and relaxation. A weighted blanket can also help – they ground the body and leave you feeling safe and warm. If you struggle to nap, it can also help to ‘welcome in’ noises around you. You can’t expect complete silence during a daytime nap, so by accepting noises that are coming and going, you’re more likely to stay relaxed.” – Sarah Lloyd-Morrison, yoga nidra & sleep expert at Awakened Rest
Be Careful If You Have Insomnia
“If you enjoy good sleep, then having a short nap is fine. But, if your sleep is disrupted on a regular basis, then a daytime nap will function as a substitute for some of this lost night-time rest. However, it’s impossible to recover all lost sleep, and even if you could, you’d confuse your body clock with a sudden long sleep period during the day, which can cause circadian misalignment. Furthermore, a long nap in the day will only perpetuate poor sleep at night. If you struggle with insomnia, try to stay awake for 16 hours – this is the optimal amount of time to encourage sleepiness in the evening.” – Kat
Try Not To Think About It Too Much
“Having the right mental attitude for napping is important, because if you believe you can’t sleep, then you won’t. Napping occurs on the verge of sleep, therefore if you’re lying with your eyes closed, resting your body, and allowing your mind to gently wander, you are on the right track. If you feel wide awake, acknowledge this thought, and accept it. Understanding that you don’t have to fall asleep to rest is vital for getting the most from your naps. Paradoxically, this often takes the pressure off sleep, increasing the chance of falling asleep.” – Guy
For more information, visit AwakenedRest.com, Somnia.org.uk & SleepSchool.org. Kirsty is a sleep coach for Koala & Joe, a new nationwide marketplace for parent and child experts – visit KoalaAndJoe.com & KirstyVant.com.