4 Tips to Getting the Best Nap of Your Life

woman nappingA nap definitely does a body good. This is something even busy urban professionals have realized. That's why, more and more often, you'll find professional napping salons popping up all over the globe! You can usually find them in popular airports or in the city-centers of places like New York and London. We're all workaholics, but we all can acknowledge that closing our eyes for even 20 minutes or so can make all the difference in the world.

But what if you can't afford to shell out big bucks to get your nap on? What if your 20 minutes happens to fall whenever your baby passes out for his afternoon nap or while you're waiting for the drier to finish up? Yeah. It's not exactly feasible that we'll be able to "pop out" and get our professionally managed expert nap on, is it? But that doesn't mean you can't turn your home into a heavenly oasis of calm -- for 20 minutes at least!

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Here are four things we learned from professional nap providers about the experience they provide that you can replicate when you're at home. Not getting enough sleep can lead to inflammation, headaches, and other maladies. Getting a quality nap can make all the difference in the world.

1.) Aromatherapy

Smells can change your mood dramatically. Invest in some essential oils, incense, or an aromatherapy machine. Heck, do all three! If you stick to basics (and that's all you need), it won't cost much. Scents like lavender, chamomile, and even grapefruit promote a feeling of rest and well-being.

2.) No Computers

Make your bedroom -- or wherever you're napping -- an e-free zone. Our computers and some smartphones have screens that mimic UV light. Keep them away and you're not just banishing distractions, you're making it easier for your body to fall asleep naturally.

3.) White Noise

People who pay to nap often get their choice of white noise. This is where napping at home has got paid naps beat. Just finished loading the dishwasher? Make it time for a nap! The sound of the machine will lull you to sleep, and you'll awake to clean dishes.

4.) No More Than 90 minutes

Even 10 minutes can be beneficial, but 90 minutes is the ultimate! Your body has time to fully go through a complete REM cycle, effectively rebooting your body and your brain. Any longer than 90 minutes, and you might find it hard to wake up!

Are you a fan of napping during the day?

 

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