I'm the biggest nanna. I love to have nanna naps. Who doesn't love to curl up on a Saturday afternoon for a snooze on the couch.
Most people think it's bad to have a nap, I on the other hand think it is a good thing. Especially if you are tired or going through a stressful time in your life. Sometimes our bodies need an extra energy kick or extra recovery time. So don't fight it and push through. Just take the damn nap.
The most important thing to be aware of is for how long you nap.
Have you ever had a nap and slept for say 90 minutes because you are just so exhausted. When you wake up though you actually feel worse than you did before. You feel like a zombie and it takes you AGES to wake up.
Here is why.
Our sleep runs on a natural sleep cycle. This cycle is what will determine whether you wake up feeling groggy or feeling energised.
First stage is for about 5 minutes. You are easily awakened in this stage.
Second stage is a light sleep and lasts for 10 - 20 minutes. Heart rate starts to slow down and body temperature decreases.
Third stage is known as deep sleep. This is the stage where it is hard to wake-up and you feel groggy. During this stage blood flows away from the brain and towards your muscles to restore your physical energy.
This stage takes about 70-90 minutes to get to after falling asleep. This is where dreams occur. During this stage your arms and legs are paralysed. This is the hardest stage to wake-up from.
See how important the duration of your nap is?
I've tried all times for naps but what I've found is 20 minutes and 50 minutes are the best duration to have a nap for me (and my clients). I always wake up refreshed and never groggy.
Give it a try next time and remember there is nothing wrong with having a nanna nap. It doesn't mean what you think it means.