To nap or not to nap?

Is napping part of your nature? While midday sleeping may be frowned upon or viewed as lazy, the National Sleep Foundation reports that a short nap of 20 to 30 minutes may be beneficial. A quality nap can improve mood, alertness and performance. To make the most of a nap, the National Sleep Foundation suggests:
  • Keep naps to 20 to 30 minutes for short-term alertness.
  • Ensure the room temperature is cool and comfortable. Thermo-regulating bedding can help with this step.
  • Take naps earlier in the day to avoid disrupting sleep patterns.
While naps can be a good midday fix, they're not the solution for inadequate sleep. Simple solutions like a quality pillow can help good, quality sleep becomes a nightly habit.