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The Power of Napping - Increased Productivity & Vibrant Health

Jun 7, 2008
You might have heard that in our culture napping is generally seen as a lazy activity; however many people feel natural drowsiness in the afternoon - even those who sleep long enough at night. Picture the fact that you can become more alert, reduce stress and improve your productivity with a short nap. Mid-day sleep means more great patience, less nervousness and better health. Now you might start indulging in the perfect sleep as you decide now to follow these tips for sleeping well.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Our body needs 7-8 hours of sleep every day; Imagine that 6 hours or less triples your risk of a car accident. So be aware of the danger and try to sleep enough, snuggling under a top quality Siberian goose down duvet..
Consequences of the lack of sleep: Sleep is cumulative; if you lose sleep one day, you will feel it the next. If you keep missing adequate sleep for several days, you will start to endanger your health and decrease your performance in these specific areas:

1. Reaction time
2. Judgment
3. Vision
4. Information processing
5. Short-term memory
6. Performance
7. Motivation
8. Vigilance
9. Patience

Benefits of a power nap

How would it sound to you that it's much better to nap 20 minutes in the afternoon than in the morning? Our body seems to be designed for this, as most people naturally become more tired in the afternoon, about 8 hours after they wake up.

So how long should we sleep? The sleep cycle is made of different stages which you pass through when you sleep. These stages include light sleep, deep sleep, and rapid eye movement sleep.

Many experts indicate that a nap of between 15 and 30 minutes is enough, as sleeping longer brings you into deeper stages of sleep, from which it's more difficult to wake up. Also, longer naps can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. However, research has shown that a one-hour nap has much more restorative effects than a 30-minute nap, including much greater improvement in cognitive functioning.

Tips for a more effective nap

If you want to get more sleep, and the health benefits that go with it, look at these tips for more effective napping and sleep at night:

* Avoid caffeine after 3pm. It's a stimulant that can disrupt your sleep.
* If you don't want to nap for a long time, set an alarm.
* If you don't have time for a power nap, or don't feel comfortable napping during the day, try meditation; it gives your body a rest and produces slower brain waves similar to sleep.

Only you know how you are going to savour your marvellous sleep this night. When you close your eyes, and dive deeper into your soft and naturally cool down duvet, you will thank yourself for following this advice.

We are more than happy to give you even more advice and tips so that you can enjoy your sleep as much as possible in our great Siberian goose down duvets - just remember to contact us now!
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This article was written by Eamonn of Duvets N' Bedding - down duvets, down duvet sets.
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