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90: Sleigh Your Fatigue: The Jolly Holiday Nap-a-thon

sleep Dec 23, 2023
Who's ready for a nap?

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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