With more and more hours spent in the office, ever lengthening commutes and the constant juggling of work and family responsibilities it’s not hard to see why so many of us are struggling with chronic stress. In the United States alone, more than 83 million workdays were lost due to chronic stress, worldwide the number is close to 2 billion!
But there’s a simple solution to reducing your tension and the health problems associated with stress – napping. Not only can napping help you bring your tension back to a healthy level, the science backs up its benefits, so you never need to feel guilty about taking that afternoon siesta. Help yourself nap with a quick listen of relaxation music to help you drift off.
If you struggle with napping, here are a few tips that can train you to become a pro napper!
Nap tip #1 – Try to find a location where you won’t be disturbed while you’re napping.
Anyone under chronic stress knows it can be difficult to think clearly. Stress hormones negatively affect the area of the brain that controls your memory as well as your ability to make decisions. But napping for even 20 minutes was found to improve mood and performance in study participants.
Nap tip #2 – Relaxing and controlling your breath can help you to unwind more effectively. Use Silentmode’s free breathwork training – Breathonics – to learn how.
Stress raises your blood pressure, and bombards your body with stress hormones, increasing your risk of hypertension, heart attack or stroke. But napping can combat this effect. A 2011 study found participants who took at least a 45-minute nap had lower average blood pressure after psychological stress than to those who didn’t nap.
Relaxation music or music that can help you relax is key to unwinding effectively.
Nap tip #3 – Sleep for less than 30 minutes if you don’t want to suffer from grogginess when you wake up. Use an alarm to limit your naptime.
Chronic stress can also lead to depression and anxiety. It does this by increasing the levels of stress hormones in our bodies and reducing the levels of our ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Napping can reverse these effects as it floods our brain with serotonin, helping prevent depression and anxiety.
Nap tip #4 – The more light you can block out the better rest you’ll get. Silentmode gives you 100% blackout.
Your productivity and performance can suffer from stress as well. But napping has a restorative effect. In a study in Nature Neuroscience, researchers found that a deterioration in performance was prevented in the participants that napped.
Nap tip #5 – Be consistent. Nap at the same time and for the same length each day.
Sex is often the last thing on your mind when you’re feeling stressed. But that’s not all. Stress can actually wreck havoc with your reproductive system and hormone levels. Napping can help you reduce this stress and with it improve your libido. So go on, put on your Silentmode mask and relax. Your brain, body and partner will thank you.
Nap tip #6 – Use your Silentmode mask anywhere – at home, traveling or even in the office.
Chronic stress can lead to a host of health problems, as well as impact your performance at work and at home. By harnessing the power of napping you can reverse these effects and enjoy a happier, healthier and more productive life. With Silentmode you’ll get the rest you need and deserve.