When in Spain you do as… Stigu HQ has moved to the sunny Spain for a week and we will practise a little siesta every single day. As you might know a nap is most beneficial when it’s a daily routine rather than a one off, so do we even have a choice? It’s nap-time – again ;-)!
Practice: Nap Nirvana
Stick to 20-40 mins
1.Firstly and most importantly: recognise that you are not being lazy, you are recharging your batteries.
2.Have a nap-friendly lunch: foods rich in calcium and protein that promote sleep (avoid: too much fat, sugar or caffeine).
3.After lunch: find a quiet place and switch all noisy things to silent mode (does not work so well on kids..)
4.Cover your head or eyes or get the room dark. (Darkness stimulates production of melatonin the sleep hormone).
5.Get a blanket as your body temperature drops when you are asleep.
6.Set an alarm between 20-40 minutes (more than this will be a full sleep cycle not a nap).
Open your eyes and have a stretch. How do you feel?
PS. The less you think you have time for a nap, the more you need one.