90: Sleigh Your Fatigue: The Jolly Holiday Nap-a-thonDec 23, 2023
The holiday season can be a whirlwind of activity that you need to actively recover from . . . sometimes the best gift you can give yourself is the restorative power of a NAP. A quick snooze can do wonders for your energy levels, mood, and overall well-being.
In the middle of all the festive chaos and merriment, you absolutely CAN find time for a nap. So, let's unwrap the art of power napping and I’m going to show you how a well-timed siesta can be your secret weapon.
What are the benefits of napping?
That’s easy! A short nap can improve alertness, mood, and cognitive function, making it the perfect antidote to holiday stress. Napping can be a way to compensate for loss of nighttime sleep, too.
How can I create a nap-friendly environment?
It starts in your mind– you are going to get serious about taking a mental, emotional, and physical BREAK from your day. This is your special time to RELAX. Look for opportunities to get into a quiet and comfortable space, using cozy blankets and lots of pillows. Dim the lights or use an eye mask. Do you need soft music or a subtle scent to set the mood? Pamper yourself with all the sensory elements (or lack of) that help you relax fully.
How long should I nap?
Short naps (around 20-30 minutes) can provide a quick energy boost without causing grogginess. If you need a deeper reset or are recovering from sleep deprivation, plan to sleep 1.5 - 3 hours.
How can I create boundaries around my nap?
Look for strategic times to fit in napping amid the holiday activities. Then announce you will be in “do not disturb mode.” You are doing a YOU-turn to relax and rejuvenate. Protect your nap time by minimizing interruptions. Taking this opportunity for self-care will almost certainly make the holidays more enjoyable. Embrace the wonderful gift of sleep.
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