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How to adapt to naps

Taking power naps on demand that restore you in a few minutes is maybe your dream.

But napping is an art that requires training for most people. The ideal way to adapt to naps is to have a regularity in its nap practice to accustom your biological clock.

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

Most of the people are using the drop in energy after having lunch in order to fall asleep. Do not take caffeine or any other stimulants as chocolate after your launch to facilitate falling asleep.

To succeed in making naps on-demand, some people use biology hacks to condition their brains 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 know by heart and start by thinking about this image, mentally detailing it whenever you want to take a nap. There are a lot of meditation techniques that have the same purposes. As for example breathing exercises. 


If you have never or very rarely taken naps you will have 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 that will wake you up with vibration at the end of the 20 minutes. 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 progressively start to fall asleep during those 20 minutes periods. Everyone is different and the time you will need to adapt to naps will be different from one person to another. 

When you will be able to sleep on demand, you can then use the smart nap circle of Circular to be woken up at the best moment to sleep the perfect amount of time: Circular smart nap: The best way to power nap.

Laurent Bsalis

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

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