Tips for napping?
January 4, 2013 7:36 AM Subscribe
I have trouble taking naps in the middle of the afternoon, even though I feel that they would really benefit me. Can you help me with some tips?
posted by chrillsicka to health & fitness (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I used to be able to sleep when I got home from University for half an hour before I'd make dinner and found it extremely beneficial. When I moved cities and joined the working world, that just vanished. I have transitioned from working in offices to working at home, so my schedule is wide open, but I can't quite get to sleep.
I make sure that I have an hour set aside, I set an alarm to wake me up in an hour, and I make sure the room is quiet and as dark as I can make it. No matter what position I lie down in, I can't fall asleep. My neighbor has taught me meditation techniques so I try to concentrate on my breathing or some other soothing idea, but the sleep never comes. Instead my mind races and I eventually while away my hour awake.
I limit my caffeine intake to pre-lunch time. In University I drank coffee, as well, but the naps still happened.
My family members have no trouble napping.
I don't take any other drugs or medication.
I sleep well at night, except that I will wake up at the same time no matter what time I went to bed, and haven't been able to sleep in for years. Once I am up, I am up.
I don't typically have troubled dreams that I can remember.
I have a brand new bed that I find really comfortable, with good linens and pillows. My room is as quiet as can be. I've tried napping on the couch but it makes no difference.
I typically don't eat a heavy lunch. I'm not drowsy between 2 and 3 like a lot of people are.
I do have some problems with racing thoughts. I get frustrated that I'm not napping when I try to nap.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can get a nap? I really think it would improve my quality of life. Thanks!