Take the Most Refreshing Nap Ever in 5 Simple Steps

Take the Most Refreshing Nap Ever in 5 Simple StepsJavier Brosch / Shutterstock For many of us, napping is equated with nostalgic memories from childhood. Memories of the “good old days,” when you, your blankie and your favorite stuffed animals came together for a wonderful one or two hour period of complete rest and relaxation.

However, as time went on and we moved into our teen years and adulthood, many of us became conditioned to the belief that napping was a waste of time — that napping wasn’t meant for grown-ups. After all, grown-ups are meant to be productive, useful, contributing members of society! Napping? Well, that’s just for kids.

At least that’s what we all think. But it turns out, that’s not entirely true. In fact, that’s one of the most widespread and perpetuated false beliefs that may actually be causing more harm than good! This is because napping offers incredible benefits including better alertness and productivity, improved learning and memory capacity, increased cognitive functioning and improved creativity.

To get the most out of your nap, here are some simple, easy to follow tips. Happy sleeping!

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Get Comfortable

This may seem like common sense, but finding a comfortable place where you can fully stretch out and relax is very important. When you lie down, your body releases a special chemical meant to trigger sleep, so it’s not only more comfortable but also biologically proven to help you get a better, more effective rest.

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