Believe it or not, sometimes sleepiness is not necessarily a symptom of something that we need to run out and have checked. Sometimes, it's just a good reason to curl up on your couch and relax. Pretend that you have nothing else important to do, and just nap. This is not something that I find diffucult...or ever have for that matter. I used to come home from high school and nap on the regular. Even as I got older and had a full time job during college, I almost always found time for a nap. I'm nearly a professional...and not lazy at all. Naps are actually quite smart (yes, I'm patting my own back).
Napping has been shown to reduce stress and the risk of heart attack. It also helps keep you sharp and alert. This Boston Globe article (How to Nap), shows that research on pilots proves that a nap can increase performance by 34% and alertness by 54%. Besides that, researchers are beginning to see that naps can also help:
- Prevent Depression
- Boost Mood
-Maintain a Healthy Weight
-Lower the risk of Diabetes
If you're like most people and you don't get 8 hours of sleep a night, a nap might be essential for you. Research shows that even a short nap is better than no nap at all, but 30 minutes is ideal. One of my favorite tricks to use, so I don't get groggy: have a small bit of caffeine before you nap. It will take about thirty minutes to kick in, so you won't oversleep or wake up groggy and cranky.