Snooze ‘til You Loose: Nap Tips on How to Avoid Sleep Inertia
August 19, 2014
Doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or what you do – napping will always be a favorite activity among Filipinos. We love our siesta. But sometimes, instead of feeling refreshed and energized, we wake up from our nap in a state of utter exhaustion. Surely, the fault isn’t in your favorite pillow or trusted foam bed, so what the heck is the problem? Two words, dear reader: Sleep Inertia.
We here at URATEX believe in the benefits of power napping. And although sleep inertia can be a real buzzkill, there are ways on how you can avoid it altogether wake up feeling like rock star every time you arise from your glorious siesta. You ready? Great! Let’s get to it!
Siesta is one of our lives’ love-hate relationship as it transformed from being the worst enemy of our childhood to being the best friend of our college days and beyond. In particular, the siesta of Pinoys was derived from Spanish culture when one would nap early in the afternoon shorty after midday meals.
We can obviously take a nap whenever we have free time, but in the context of avoiding sleep inertia, the ideal time to nap would be somewhere between 1PM and 3PM. If you can sneak a quick slumber at work during this window of opportunity, then you should be extra productive for the rest of the day.
KEEP TRACK OF TIME
Napping is our midday luxury, but it can transition to a waking nightmare if you indulge in it. You see, if you beyond 30 minutes in your nap, then you’d be close to reaching REM sleep, which is the deepest stage of the sleeping process. And once you wake up in the middle of REM sleep, sleep inertia will instantly hit you in the face.
That’s why a nap can sometimes result in a headache; it’s not the nap, but how long you were asleep. So keep your naps short and light! Set your alarm to 15-20 minutes. Sure, it isn’t as long as you hoped, but trust us, it’s all the nap you’ll need.
EAT, WORK, NAP, REPEAT
Alongside our siesta culture is the saying: “Sleeping with a full tummy before bed will lead to Bangungot!” While that is partly true, eating certain kinds of food will cause you sleepless nights!
The salt in junk food and anything that contains Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) will keep you awake if you eat them right before dozing off. And don’t even get me started with caffeine! Save that for after you wake up. Sweets like chocolate will give you a nasty sugar rush that will keep you from getting those Zzz’s, so be sure to not ingest foods that prevent sleep if you want to catch that 1-3PM window for napping.
Although napping is generally good for you, there are some instances where it might not be advisable. Each body clock functions very differently, so you’ll have to identify your own sleep cycle by taking note of when you naturally get drowsy and wake up the morning after. Being familiar with your sleep pattern will help you determine when a nap will best benefit your schedule and body.
When it comes to getting the best sleep possible, URATEX has all the tips you can ask for. In fact, we can go on and on, but I think a nap is coming along… *yaaaawn*… so I’m gonna let you do some searching of your own. Sweet Dreams, everyone!