Do you want to change your life? Take a nap!
As a nation, the United States appears to be becoming more and more sleep-deprived. It may be our busy lives that keeps us from napping. While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate sleep or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20-30 min can help improve mood, alertness and performance.
Napping is not for everyone, but there is a very strategic way to engage in napping to gain the benefits. Our certified health coach can explain the benefits of napping, the types of naps you can take and co-create a wellness plan with you so you can get the sleep you need.
We use the evidence-based program developed by Dr. Sara Mednick, a Harvard-trained research scientist whose napping research has gained national attention. Her research shows a quality nap:
- Inspires creativity and heightens perception
- Increases alertness and motor skills
- Improves memory and rejuvenates the mind & body
MU Napping Map
Did you know there are a few great places to take a nap on MU’s campus? Take a look at our napping map.
- A brief nap (20-30 minutes) in the early afternoon (typically before 4 pm) will energize you.
- This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
- Your surroundings can greatly impact your ability to fall asleep.
- Create a restful place to lie down
- Set a cool and comfortable temperature
- Establish a relaxing atmosphere (dark, quiet & peaceful)
Tips adopted from the National Sleep Foundation and Take a Nap! Change your life by Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D. with Mark Ehrman
For appointments, with our certified health education specialist, please email Glenda Pape.