Baby Boomers tend to have trouble sleeping for a variety of reasons and sleep deprivation is bad for our overall health. When you take a nap more often you can make up for lost sleep. But, not all of us are good at it, including me. Still, it’s important to take a snooze whenever you feel tired even if it’s a short cat nap.
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.
The infographic, provided below, has excellent tips on how to take a nap, successfully. I’d love it if you 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 at around 4 pm. By 6, I’m toast.
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 sat up in my car seat, (not nearly as comfortable or safe as the ones we have today) and refused to close my eyes because 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 can of packed 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.
The best place to nap
Try taking a 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.