Most of us feel like a nap some times. You get to that point in the day when your mind starts to wander a little and you think if I just rolled under the desk and shut the eyes for a bit no one would even know. Then you think better of it and go and have your 3rd or 4th coffee instead and keep working away. But on a serious note. More than 85% of mammals are polyphasic sleepers, meaning they sleep for short periods of time. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into 2 distinct periods, one for sleep and one for being awake! That being said, it is still not clear that this is the natural sleeping pattern of humans.
As a world we seem to be certainly becoming more sleep deprived. Maybe it’s our busy lifestyle that keeps us from napping. While naps certainly won’t make up for poor quality sleep, a short power nap of 20-30 minutes can help improve mood, alertness and importance.
There are 3 types of napping techniques that can be employed. There is planned napping, where you essentially structure a time every day to nap even if you are not yet tired. There is emergency napping when you reach that point in your day when you simply can’t keep your eyes open any longer. Especially used in situations when you are driving. Finally, you have habitual napping where a person has a nap at the same time every day. The best example of this is young children. So there you have it.
Maybe a nap is what you need to get you through those long drawn out days where nothing goes quite to plan.
Ah, you've done it again. You were meant to hit the sack hours ago but you couldn't stop binge-watching Netflix, checking your emails and/or catching up on housework. Or maybe you just couldn't say no to that evening caffeine fix and now you're tossing and turning, with your precious sleep window slowly closing.
You may not realise it when you wake up in the morning, but over time our favourite positions are causing everything from back and neck pain to stomach problems and even wrinkles. So is it time to kick your bad sleep position?