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Getting a Good Nap: How It Is Done by People Who Are Doing It

Updated on September 30, 2010

There are good naps and then there are bad naps. You know the difference not so much when you are actually sleeping as when you wake up. A good nap will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to continue on with your day. A bad nap will leave you groggy, achy and eager for more sleep. So how do you get a good nap and avoid a bad nap?

Here are some tips for how to get a good nap:

  • Make sure that you are napping because you need a nap. Many people think that they are tired when actually their body is trying to tell them something else entirely. People sometimes don't need more sleep but may actually need exercise, water or food. If you need something other than a nap, the nap won't do you any good so check in with yourself and make sure that a nap is actually what you need.
  • Get comfortable. If at all possible, nap in your own bed. If you're in a place where you can't nap in your bed, you should find the most comfortable place possible to catch your zzz's. Napping in uncomfortable positions such as chairs and desks will only cause your body to ache, not give it the rest it needs. If you regularly nap away from home, consider investing in a yoga mat and soft pillow that can be transported with you to enjoy comfortable napping anywhere. If at all possible, change into pajamas or at least more comfortable clothing to really maximize your comfort.
  • Drown out the world. A good nap is hard to achieve during the day because there is so much light and noise in people's normal waking hours. To get a good nap, you need to create an environment that is as much like nighttime as possible. You should invest in an eye mask and ear plugs and use them even though it might feel silly. It should go without saying that phones and other distractions be turned off until the nap is done.
  • Commit to the nap. Many people kind of doze in and out of their naps because they've got the rest of the day on their minds. Allow yourself to indulge in the nap and forget the worries. You can take care of them when you wake up. And if you get good rest, you'll be better equipped to do so!
  • If possible, don't wake up to an alarm. If you're in a position where you can nap until you naturally wake up, you're going to get a much more complete and refreshing nap than if you wake up to an alarm at a certain time. The alarm is jarring and can interrupt important parts of the sleep cycle. Of course, you don't want to oversleep during your nap, so if you do have to be somewhere, go ahead and set the alarm. But in the future, try to schedule things late enough in the afternoon and early enough in the morning that you can get in a full midday nap if you need one.

You don't have to nap for long to get refreshed. You just need to make sure that you get a good nap.


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    Jen 6 years ago

    I love how much children hate nap time but as you get older you wish you could have one daily! I read the caffeine headache hub then this one-poof my headache is gone. Too bad I didn't read these until 5:50pm...thanks though! Future napping will prevail!

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    Contrice 7 years ago

    Heck yeah...The weekends are usually my naptime. People under estimate the power of a nap.

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    Chantel C 7 years ago from Arizona

    Naptime, JUSTIFIED! I love it. I've always taken naps and they really do help your mind and body re-ajust for the next consuming task.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 8 years ago from Great Britain

    Great comments. I'm Brit living in Spain . It took me a while to get used to siestas but they are exactly as you say. When taken properly a nap refreshes you for the rest of your day.

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    bekaze 8 years ago from Germany

    i used to have afternoon nap everyday. somehow this has become hard due to 9to5 office working hours.

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    megamass 9 years ago from Portugal

    nice hub

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    kewl 9 years ago

    thank you!

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

    Love it!! After this I think I am a novice "napper" :-)