You put a key or book away somewhere just minutes ago, but you can’t seem to find it. Sounds familiar? Yes, this is called losing your memory. Most people try to get their brain power back by drinking coffee or taking a walk to get fresh air. But indeed, what you actually need is a rest or a power nap of a short 45 minutes.
Website health.harvard.edu says a 45-minute nap has proved to improve the performance of the participants of their test. Daily Mail reporters, as quoted on dailymail.co.uk, even claims a power nap of 45 minutes can improve the memory power by five times.
Here are some of the things you can do to get a power nap.
1. Stay consistent
As much as possible, take your nap at the same time every day, like between 1 and 3 pm. This can help to make up for your sleep deprivation, and Sara C. Mednick, the writer of Take a Nap! Change Your Life recommends this to prevent you from feeling sleepy and to get the energy you need for carrying out your activities throughout the day.
2. Set a comfortable surrounding
You need the right surrounding to help you get a good quality nap. According to sleepfoundation.org, you will need a place that is comfortable, tranquil and soothing because it can help to doze off faster and get a deeper nap. You’ll be as good as new when you wake up.
3. Set your alarm
Before taking a nap, set your alarm for a 45-minute nap. Napping too long will only disturb your night sleep cycle and napping too short will make you feel weak with a headache. You can use your smartphone to wake you up from your power nap.
4. Choose the right time
Besides napping in the right ambiance, you also need to nap at the right time. If you nap too late, say in the late afternoon, it will affect you sleep pattern because you will find it difficult to sleep earlier at night. However, if you nap too early, say in the morning, your body may still be too active to take a rest.
Because a good nap is great for your health and brain functions, these tips may be worth trying. Have a good nap, Healthy People!