To All The Nap Queens Out There

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I am the ultimate nap queen! I can pretty much nap anywhere, anytime (if I can get away with it of course!)

Most weekends I almost always have an afternoon nap, because why not? It’s the best bloody thing in the world.

I’m not alone right? Who else is a major nap queen out there? Also do you ever feel like you need a nap during the day but then feel worse than you did beforehand? This has happened to me a LOT. Sometimes on a weekend I can spend all morning running around, and then feel in need of a short nap just so I can rest for a little while before the afternoon; but then when I wake up I feel even more tired and grumpy for the rest of the day.

I want to make sure I get the most out of my naps and don’t end up being angry at life for having been woken up. So I did a little research:

  • So apparently studies have shown that a 10-20 minute nap is ideal for a boost in energy and alertness; and that this length makes it easier for you hit the ground running after waking up, because you are limited to the lighter stages of sleep, meaning you won’t drift into a deep sleep, finding it harder to get up and be active afterwards.
  • When you have a 30 minute nap, it can cause a groggy, hangover like feeling that can last for 30 minutes after waking up, before you can see the benefit of the nap.
  • A 60 minute nap, is very beneficial as it improves the memory of facts and names. Even though you will be in a deep sleep, you will feel the effects 30 minutes after waking up, with grogginess in between.
  • If you need a longer nap, 90 minutes is a full cycle of sleep which is the most beneficial. This means that the deeper and lighter stages including rapid eye movement, are typically likened to the dreaming stage. This means procedural and emotional memory and creativity is improved. Due to the length of the nap, it tends to be easier to wake up afterwards, and would not normally lead to a groggy feeling after waking.

So I would suggest when next taking a nap, have a look at these time lengths. Sometimes a simple nap won’t always benefit you.

Sometimes I like to finish my nap, with another nap.

Happy napping!!

A previous edit of this post was first published on my old blog, ‘Lauren Says It All’.

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9 Comments

  1. Love this! I almost always horrible after taking a nap haha but honestly 20-30 minute nap sounds really less! 😅
    I will have to work on that! xx

    1. Yeah try it girl! xo

  2. I am SUCH a nap queen, but yeah I’ve also heard that 10 – 20 min naps are beneficial, and tbh, I always have a 20 min nap whenever I’m needing a boost and it legit works!

    1. Likewise! It really does 🙂 xo

  3. Ellen says:

    I am a fellow nap queen but can never seem to line up my cycle once I start thinking about it. I need to get better at staying within it, but I totally feel the need to beat the grumpiness too!

  4. Those little power naps can really get you thought the afternoon lull!

  5. Love this! I used to nap all the time but I’m the type of person who always wakes up feeling much worse and I tend to feel sick too so I’ve stopped napping as often. I’ll definitely keep this in mind next time I feel like I need a sleep in the middle of the day!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  6. Love this post Lozza! I’m a big fan of napping and very pleased to read that a longer nap is much more beneficial. Bring on the 90 minute naps! Thanks girl! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  7. I love naps. Yes, I am with you about the everyday nap. My problem is my sleep pattern is weird anyway. I sleep for 4-5 hours then up for 2 and back again.

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