Many women in this nation have been losing sleep lately. I won’t go into the reasons, but as Baby Boomers, sleep deprivation is bad for our overall health. It inspired me to write about how to take a nap. Not that I’m particularly good at. I’m not. It’s something that I need to get better at.
One of the reasons we gain weight after 50 is because we aren’t sleeping enough or are anxious. Eating is emotional. When we get nervous, we reach for a snack. Those calories add up fast and we need less of them as we get older.
Sleep also boosts our memory, regulates our hormones, keeps our heart healthy, lowers the risk of stroke and diabetes, and makes us more productive.
The infographic, provided below, has excellent tips on how to take a nap, successfully. Please share it on Pinterest.
When you take a nap it doesn’t have to be for long
All you need is a quick 10-minute snooze in the afternoon and it will give you extra energy for hours. I start to get loopy around 4 pm. By 6, I’m toast. That’s because I’m a morning person and wake up to the sunlight. It’s the best time for me to exercise, have breakfast, write, and get work done. Doug is the opposite. He stays up all night and sleeps all day. Read my post on how to live with a retired guy on Huffington Post because it isn’t always easy.
My aversion to napping started when I was a baby. My parents took me on a cross-country trip when I was 10 months old. They said I would sit up in my car seat, (not nearly as comfortable or safe as the ones we have today) and refuse to close my eyes. I didn’t want to miss anything.
I’m also awful at sleeping on planes. It doesn’t help that most of the airlines make us sit like a packed can of sardines. The best seat to sleep on a plane is by the window so you can lay your head down, but then you can’t get up to go to the bathroom or move your legs around. I attended an event sponsored by Singapore Airlines. They showed us their new business class seats for overseas flights.
Now, that I could take a nap in.
The best place to nap
You can either sit in a comfortable chair to meditate or lay down on your nice cushy bed. It helps to have a good supportive mattress. I like the idea of creating your own cave. That’s what my dogs do. We have two dog beds. Louie likes to drag one bed on top of the other with him in between. He looks like he’s in a clamshell.
He’ll sleep there until Minnie Mae, our in-house terrorist, alerts him that another dog has dared to walk down the street. Then he jumps up to join her and they both bark their heads off. Having two loud dogs also makes it hard to take a nap, but I love them anyway.
At night, I sometimes put a pillow on top of my head to muffle out Doug’s loud snoring. It’s my cave of sorts.
Try taking 10-minute nap or meditation every day to reduce stress and feel better. See if it changes the way you think and feel.
Are you a napper? Please leave a comment below.