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How to nap

Doing restoring power naps on demand in just a few minutes might be a dream of yours.

But napping is an art that requires training for most people. The ideal way to adapt to naps is to practice regularly get your biological clock accustomed to having a break in the early afternoon.

If you take a nap and you wake up even more tired, it’s surely because you slept too long and you didn’t wake up in the light sleep phase. According to sleep specialists, a perfect nap should not last more than 15 to 20 minutes to stay in the light sleep phase.

Most people are using the drop in energy after having lunch in order to fall asleep. Don’t take caffeine or any other stimulants as chocolate after your lunch.

To succeed in having naps on demand, some people use biology hacks to condition their brain with an element that will trigger the process of falling asleep. Try to always take the same position. You can also, for example, choose a pleasant image that you often have in mind and start by thinking about this image, mentally detailing it whenever you want to take a nap. There are a lot of meditation technique that have the same purposes. As for example breathing exercises. 

Training

In order to learn how to have naps, this process requires to train your brain to fall asleep. Here’s how it works: When you feel sleepy at some point in the day, give yourself permission to take a 20 minutes nap.

Start a timer as soon as you lie down for your nap. You can use your Circular Ring as a timer of 20 minutes that will wake you up with vibrations at the end of the timer. Whether you sleep or not, and whatever time it takes you to fall asleep, you have 20 minutes total for this activity, not a minute more. Just relax and allow yourself to fall asleep as you normally would. You do not have to do anything special, so do not try to force it. If you fall asleep, that’s fine. If you just lay there for 20 minutes while you’re awake, that’s fine too. And if you sleep a fraction of that time, it’s just as good.

At the end of the 20 minutes, you must get up immediately. Without slouching. The nap is over. 

As you practice this exercise you will start to fall asleep during that 20 minutes period. Everyone is different, so the time you will need to adapt to naps will be different from one person to another. 

When you will be able to sleep, you can then use the smart nap circle of Circular to sleep the perfect amount of time in order to energize yourself: Circular smart nap: The best way to power nap

About the Author

Laurent Bsalis

Laurent is passionate about biohacking and tries his best to be a better version himself. He also eats too much ice cream which is a problem.

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