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Get More Energy With a Quick Power Nap

By Genevieve Cunningham

Lacking energy seems to be an incredibly common problem among the masses. Between work and stress and various life obligations, it seems perfectly normal to be exhausted all the time. But is this truly a permanent phenomenon? Or are there ways to improve our energy and put a little pep back in our step on a daily basis? As it turns out, gaining a bit of energy may be as simple as taking a quick and effective power nap. If you're interested in feeling more energized every day, take a look at why a power nap may be just what you need. 

The Benefits of Napping

Napping is beneficial for more than just babies and young children. Taking naps is beneficial for everyone! When we make the time for a small nap, we're actually making time for our brains to reset and our bodies to relax. Even just a few minutes of sleep can re-energize us and help us make it through the remainder of the day with better focus. A nap can help with our mood, our energy, our comfort, and our cognitive function. If you're looking for a simple way to boost your health every day, it might be as simple as a power nap. 

How Long Should a Nap Really Be?

Many people like the idea of a nap, but putting it into practice seems completely impractical. How long should the nap be? How will we make the time for it? The good news is that a power nap is only about 20 to 30 minutes long! It doesn't take much to get your focus and energy back. In fact, when the nap is too long, you risk going into REM sleep, which might make you even more tired. Consider getting a nap during lunch or right after work. Plan it into your schedule, set an alarm, and create a space that is conducive to sleep. These few short minutes can really make a difference in your day -- and they might make a difference in your overall health as well. 

Some Helpful Tips

If you're not used to taking a nap, it might take a few adjustments. First, make sure that you've planned enough time in your day. It shouldn't take much more than half an hour. Second, make sure you have a good place to nap. If you're at home, you can simply go to bed. If you're at work, you might have a blanket and pillow handy and simply turn out the lights in your office. Last, make sure that you stick to a schedule. Wake up on time, nap on time, and go to bed on time. This will make the transition easier and ensure that you're truly getting the rest you need every day. 

If you're lacking in energy on a regular basis, a nap might be a good idea for your daily life. Naps can be incredibly beneficial to your health, and they feel good too! Add a nap to your day and enjoy the energy and the health benefits that quickly follow this simple lifestyle change. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Asheville, N.C.

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