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The Benefits of Summer Napping

Sandy Braz

Sandy Braz

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Three grueling days and, in the end, I finally have the ideal place to nap outside this summer.

My husband and I have lived in our house for two years and for two years we’ve said that we’re going to transform our backyard into a place of dreams… sweet, ‘outdoor nap’-kind of dreams, with hammocks and birds chirping…

Two years later and it still hadn’t been done.

Then finally, in May, we had had enough. Taking advantage of the long weekend, we transformed our backyard from an overgrown jungle in the city to a place where we can entertain, read and take naps amongst the birds and trees.

I personally love napping outdoors. Music used to distract me, but now I find it helps settle my mind, so I love using my iPod during naps—jazz helps me relax. But hey, whatever works for you. The bottom line is that you get that rest.

Many studies point to the benefits of taking short naps, yet few of us can find the time or have the flexibility in our work schedules to take them. After work or after school, regular naps are a great way to improve energy level, plus it may relieve stress. Overall, taking regular naps can be part of your personal health plan to improve things like digestion, deep sleep and other body functions that can be affected by stress.





Convinced you need a nap spot? Here are four things you have to have to think about while planning a nap: 

  1. Regular. Keep a regular nap schedule if you can. According to reports, prime time for napping
  2. falls in the middle of the day, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  3. Quick. Set your alarm for 30 minutes or less, otherwise you might feel groggy.
  4. Dark. Nap in a darkened room or invest in an eye mask to block out light. This can help you fall asleep faster.
  5. Warm. Blankets or bed sheets can keep your body temperature perfect, since it will drop as you sleep.

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