Nowadays, many people do not get enough of sleep, and that makes them feel moody and tired throughout the day. Instead of taking a big cup of coffee or an energy drink, try to have a midday nap. It’ll boost your mood, memory, and energy.
And here are 5 ways to make your nap as effective as possible:
Set an alarm clock.
Try holding a pencil while getting a nap. When it falls, it’s time to wake up.
Find a dark, cool, and quiet place to sleep.
Have a cup of coffee right before the nap, as coffee will start working only after your wake up.
Sleeping once a day throughout the night is not that good for us, scientists believe. According to a new research, we need to be sleeping twice a day for shorter periods. Researchers argue that the idea we need at least 8 hours per night is relatively new.
Dr. Melinda Jackson, a psychologist specializing in sleep disorders at RMIT University, and Siobhan Banks, sleep researcher at the University of South Australia, claim that segmented, or bi-modal, sleeping used to be the norm previously. From medical texts to court records and diaries, throughout history there is are evidence of bi-modal sleep and such patterns are seen today in cultures that have siestas, they add.
Researchers suggest that sleeping twice a day may increase alertness through the day and make people more flexible to carry out work and spend time with their family.