Six Tips for Taking the Most Epic Power Nap Ever

I don’t know about you guys, but weekends packed with trips, birthday celebrations, play dates, and loads of summer fun have got me dragging a bit. I’ve really been needing a few short naps a week to keep myself going. Seeing as I’ve now perfected it, I thought I would share some tips for how to get the most energy out of a short power nap.

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  1. Drop the guilt. One of my favorite times to take a nap is weekend mornings. I get up with our daughter and let my husband sleep in, then take a nap a couple hours later. I hold off on coffee until after my nap to ensure I can fall back asleep. At first I felt guilty for going back to sleep for a bit. Shouldn’t I be spending that time with my daughter? Am I wasting precious weekend hours? But let me tell you: Waking up from a nap and having a fresh cup of coffee around 11 a.m. leaves me feeling awesome and ready to truly enjoy the rest of the day. I try to take one morning nap a weekend, and it really helps me feel restored come Monday instead of heading into the week drained. You can’t pour from an empty cup! Nap away, sisters.
  2. Create a calming atmosphere. I’ve really been enjoying the relaxing vibe of lighting a nice candle as I settle in for a nap. A soft flame and soothing scent tell my brain it’s time to slow down. I picked up the Aromatherapy “Be Peaceful” candle at Target recently and have been totally loving it.
  3. Get comfortable. Like, REALLY comfortable. If you’re not already wearing yoga pants, get on that. (Let’s be honest: You’re already wearing yoga pants.) That bra digging in to your back? Give it a break. Remove earrings, tight hair bands, and anything else that might prevent you from fully relaxing.
  4. Get warm. This is a matter of personal preference, but I find I always fall asleep faster when I’m a little warmer than I think I need to be. I usually put on a pair of thick socks, a sweatshirt, and cuddle up under a cozy blanket. This prevents the ten-minute period of trying to get warm that sometimes happens if I’m dressed a little too lightly. The added warmth makes me nice and drowsy. It’s all about falling asleep as quickly as you can.
  5. Set an alarm. I find 30-40 minutes the perfect length for a power nap if I just need a quick recharge. If you are truly exhausted and sleep deprived, shoot for like 90 minutes if you can swing it. But I definitely recommend setting an alarm to be sure you don’t sleep so long that you wake up feeling groggy and off for the rest of the day.
  6. Use a white noise app. This is CRUCIAL. I don’t know about you, but if I can hear my child whatsoever, it prevents me from falling asleep. I live in a pretty small home, so I use a white noise app to drown out distracting sounds. I crank up the “Ocean Waves” channel to a pretty loud volume, close my eyes, breathe deeply, and wait for that blessed oblivion.

Here’s to getting some more rest this fall! Any other napping tips to share?

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