To sleep, perchance to dream. To wake refreshed and ready to embrace everything the day throws your way. To feel energized, happy, and healthy...
Who wouldn’t want to feel this way after waking up? Sadly, a full night of sleep can be rare these days, with busy schedules, long days, unpredictable late nights, excessive scrolling on our smartphones... the list goes on. And even the people who do feel refreshed in the morning get a mid-day slump after lunch.
Luckily, there’s a solution: the power nap. It’s a short snooze that feels like a recharge for your body, a mental and physical boost of energy that gives you the fuel you need to make it through the rest of your day.
What is a Power Nap?
Actually, let’s start with what a power nap isn’t. For starters, it’s not a sleep session that lasts for hours. It’s not falling asleep accidentally after dinner. And it’s not necessarily a solution to chronic, debilitating fatigue. Here’s why:
- If you nap for too long, or you’re too sleep deprived, you can wake up feeling groggy and disoriented instead of more awake and alert.
- A nap that is too long or too late in the day can affect your ability to fall asleep at night.
- Excessive daytime fatigue may be a symptom of a serious health condition. If you get too much into an “I just need a nap” mindset, you may overlook signs that it’s time to see the doctor.
A power nap IS a deliberate short snooze, about 20 minutes in length, that helps you wake up feeling more physically and mentally alert. It’s a boost, a recharge, a zap to your mind and body. And the benefits of power naps are well-documented. A study published through the National Institutes of Health showed that a 20 minute afternoon nap helped participants experience less fatigue, reflect on higher capability to perform tasks, and feel more self-confident.
Are you feeling enlightened and ready to embrace cozy nap time brilliance?
Get the Most from Your Power Nap
Keep it short. Don’t sleep for longer than about 20 minutes, or you’re more likely to wake up with a groggy feeling that can last.
Make your environment comfortable. It’s much easier to sleep when the room isn’t bright and sunny, and at a slightly cooler temperature.
Stick with it. The more consistent you are with napping, the more benefits you’re likely to see. Schedule your naps so they take place in the early afternoon, the time of day when many people feel a natural slump in energy.
Embrace it., Naps get a bad rap, but with all the health and wellness benefits you can get from napping, you should never feel guilty about taking a short snooze.
Make healthy lighting for better sleep a self-care priority.
Since lighting plays such a big role in your sleep environment, it just makes sense to use healthy lights that help you feel better.
To make the most of your naps, wind down in your living room or bedroom with Brilli Wind Down bulbs or Get in Sync LED fixtures set to 2700K or less. The warm lights mimic just what you need to feel your absolute coziest for a quick snooze.
And when you’re ready to wake up, use your Brilli cool lighting that mimics the bright and cheerful sunlight to feel even more alert and refreshed.
With a little planning, you can use 20 minutes of your day to feel refreshed, boost your performance, and improve your mood. Don’t wait to power on your Brilli lighting and take your nap game to the next level.