If I had to complete a 50 facts about me challenge, the fact that I do not drink coffee would make it onto the list. In fact, I have only had coffee three times in my life, during which my energy levels skyrocketed and I could not keep still. Although this crosses out half the menu at Starbucks, I have discovered a healthier way to cope– naps. Who doesn’t miss those naps in daycare?
I have been slowly converting my friends to choose naps over coffee on those stressful, drowsy days. When I find myself getting easily distracted, this means that it is time for a break.
I take a 15-30 minute nap and although it sounds like a lot of time to donate to sleep during the day, this is my way of conquering sleep deprivation. Personally, I find my energy levels, alertness, and creativity increase and my performance improve significantly after a power nap.
Pro tip: make sure your naps do not exceed the 30 minute mark (this depends on you, experiment with timing) as you will fall into deep sleep soon after. As a result of deep sleep, upon waking up, you may experience drowsiness and lack of energy. If you have difficulty falling asleep at night, naps may not be helpful as they might push back your bedtime.
Making time for naps
♦ If you are at school… libraries are the best napping places, silence and seclusion.
♦ If you are at work… close the laptop, put your head on the table and doze off for 15 min during your lunch break.
♦ If you are at home… shut off the lights, find a comfy spot on the couch and snooze.
♦ If you are in public… napping on the bus is a ritual. Lean back and let those Zzzzz soar.