[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]”N[/su_dropcap]ap” was the word that stung in our ears as children. We all used to run away screaming, hoping for a little more time to play. Now we do the opposite. We cherish them. In fact, taking naps in college might be the one thing that gets us through rigorous academic study. So, here are a few tips to get you on the right track.
- Avoid evening naps. Sleeping too close to your normal bedtime can disrupt your regular sleep. Napping also increases the chances that you will continue sleeping and end up waking up in the middle of the night, thus ruining your sleep schedule.
- Be careful not to nap too long. A 20 minute nap will give you all the mental benefits you need to continue on with your day. Yet, taking a nap for longer than an hour could cause you to feel groggy when you wake up.
- Try napping someplace other than your bed to ensure that you will not oversleep.
- Schedule your naps. This way, you can set goals to accomplish before the nap, which can make your nap a lot more rewarding. Between classes or half-way through a study session are good times to take naps.
- Let your roommates know when you are taking a nap so they do not disturb you. This will improve your relationship with your roommate and allow you to sleep soundly.
- (If you are taking a nap in public) Sleep on your belongings to prevent them from being stolen..
According the national sleep research project, sleep deprivation has a greater effect on people from ages 18 to 24. Napping decreases the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep at night, helps you stay asleep, and increases your stamina. Our age group should take advantage of these benefits. So, do your best to avoid all-nighters and use these napping tips to improve your college experience.