We've all got busy schedules, and sometimes finding the time to wind down, get comfortable, and take a nap seems impossible.
Moreover, the article suggests the formula for an "ideal" nap can be broken down into five components:
1. Napping in the afternoon ensures you won't have trouble sleeping at night.
A New York Times article entitled "Feeling Sleepy? An Urge To Nap Is Built In," explains humans are inherently inclined to nap in the middle of the day.
''It seems nature definitely intended that adults should nap in the middle of the day, perhaps to get out of the midday sun,'' William Dement, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center at Stanford University, told the publication.
2. A "dark, comfortable, quiet place" could affect how quickly you relax.
Consider this from the National Sleep Foundation: "As evening approaches and the light in our environment dwindles, the hormone melatonin begins to rise and body temperature falls — both of which help us to become less alert and more likely to welcome sleep," whereas morning light makes us feel the opposite.
Adjusting your surroundings will help your body better understand that it's time to sleep.
3. Timing is everything.
"In most situations, a brief nap of 30 minutes or less... is ideal, because your brain never advances past the early stages of light sleep," Vox reports.
4. Set an alarm.
Sorry, but you have to do it. Like mentioned before, timing is everything, and if you nap too long, things will only get worse.
5. Drink... coffee?
While it may seem weird, drinking coffee before your nap can actually help you function post-nap.
According to Vox, "It takes around 20 minutes for caffeine to move through your gastrointestinal tract and your bloodstream, to enter your brain." Once your brain is cleared and you wake up, the caffeine kicks in and you feel it even more than you would before.
In general, getting good sleep is super important.
And a lack of sleep, which could lead to sleep deprivation, is very unhealthy. According to The Huffington Post, sleep deprivation can increase your risk of stroke or cancer, damage your bones, or even make you gain weight.
So get your nap and some good night's sleep. You deserve it.