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A brief guide to power naps

Many people believe that napping is a sign of advanced age or of excessive tiredness, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Believe it or not, everyone can benefit from napping, including active, healthy adults and energised youngsters. According to the Sleep Foundation (https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/napping), taking a nap during the day can help you remain alert and wards off tiredness later. Here at MattressNextDay, we firmly agree with the Sleep Foundation and believe that short periods of daytime sleep can be highly beneficial. But how can you make the most of your brief daytime nap? We’ve compiled some hints that will help you ensure you gain the maximum benefit from your doze. 1. Nap for the right length of time The Sleep Foundation believes that a nap of 20 to 30 minutes is sufficient to refresh you, without leaving you groggy and sleepy. We advise setting an alarm so that you can doze for the right length of time without having to worry about oversleeping. 2. Use your own bed to nap If you can schedule your nap for a part of the day when you’re at home, you should use your own bed. This will provide maximum comfort and ensure that you don’t wake up feeling stiff or sore. We offer a huge range of mattresses for your bed that can help to make it an even more comfortable place to nap. Our mattresses aren’t just for night-time sleeping, after all! The only problem is that they’re so comfortable, you may not want to get up again after 20 to 30 minutes of downtime. 3. Nap on the sheets, not under them You probably prepare to sleep at night by getting under your bed sheets. As such, pulling the duvet over yourself may signal to your brain that it should prepare your body for a sustained period of rest. This will make it difficult to get up after 20 to 30 minutes. We recommend avoiding this problem by napping on top of your bedsheets instead. Sleeping isn’t something you should reserve for night-time. If you feel that you need to be refreshed and re-energised, don’t be afraid to take a power-nap.