Sell Me a Nap…Please!

Blogger: Karin Mahoney.

The baby is taking his morning nap (cue the hallelujah chorus!) And now in writing that, I want a nap. HAHAHAHA. Oh wait. This is real life and a nap is a mere dream. But seriously, my whole perspective on naps has changed since baby. Back in the day, I used to say that if you need a nap, you need to look at your mattress and make sure that you’re getting 7-8 hours of quality rest each and every night. Well, let’s be honest, life can get in the way of getting that quality rest. (Your mattress is and always will be super important, and I think there’s a great way the mattress industry can jump on the nap train. But I’ll get to that in a second.)

In researching the pros and cons of naps, I found that there are benefits to naps, and certain durations are more ideal for the type of “tired” you’re feeling.
How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits
 If, like me,  you’re too tired to read the above graphic, here’s a quick breakdown of what duration of nap may be best for you:
  • 10-20 minutes- if you’re busy and need a quick boost in energy
  • 60 minutes- foggy brain? Need to remember facts and faces? 60 min nap is for you, but you may wake up feeling groggy
  • 90 minutes- need a complete mental refresher? 90 min is ideal
Now, when thinking of the 10-20 minute nap, it fits PERFECTLY into the Better Sleep Council’s advice on naps and trying out a new mattress. Bear with me here as I try to make this all fit together….
People are exhausted. Sometimes it’s because of life, stress, and generally being too busy. Sometimes it’s the mattress and sleep sanctuary. Whatever the cause, people are TIRED and the mattress industry can help. What if mattress stores and manufacturers advertised naps? The BSC says to test drive a mattress for at least 15-20 minutes, the ideal nap is 10-20 minutes, so why not bring the bleary-eyed folks of the world into mattress stores for a nap, and hopefully in return, a new mattress, or at the very least, a piqued interest in a new bed? Seriously. How perfect is that? I challenge the industry to advertise naps, and who knows? You may sell some beds in the end.
Bring on the nap!!
Until next time…
Sweet dreams!

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