Most people feel the need for a nap, or a coffee break right between 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. after their sugar levels have dropped.
We all address this need differently. Some take naps, some eat sugary food, some go for coffee to try and boost their alertness, and some meditate.
For a lot of people sneaking a midday nap is heaven. It is said that napping has a long list of benefits, but the aftermath of napping can affect people differently. Naps tend to extend and as they do, your body is more likely to feel drowsy instead of awake and refreshed. So it’s key that if you are going to nap, you time your naps to no more than 20 minutes. For other people, napping can worsen their mood and interfere with their night sleep, which it can turn into a dangerous cycle pretty quickly.
What about the coffee drinkers? Studies showed that having a cup of coffee right around mid-afternoon can knock one full hour of sleep during your night. An even more shocking is that the same studies found that caffeine interrupts the flow of melatonin in your body (A hormone that creates restful sleep. known for creating restful sleep).You only need 10 minutes of meditation to feel refreshed, reduce your fatigue, improve your memory and regain your alertness. Click To Tweet
So what’s a better solution to beat your mid-day fatigue? Mindfulness Meditation!
Experts say that meditation gives your body better quality of rest than sleep, without the hangover. You only need 10 minutes of meditation to feel refreshed, reduce your fatigue, improve your memory and regain your alertness. But is important to highlight that the value of meditation goes beyond substituting your naps. Different studies have shown that people who meditated regularly reported needing less sleep and obviously fewer naps.
Why? Because meditation reduces stress. Stress inhibits your body’s ability to produce the right amount of melatonin, and without this critical chemical, your sleep quality suffers a great deal. Meditation induces a state of relaxation, enabling your body to produce the right amount of melatonin and inducing sleep at night. In a study from Rutguers University, was found that meditation effectively booster melatonin levels by 98% and in some cases even in 300%.
So from now on, use your nap or coffee break to meditate. Not only you’ll get the alertness you were looking for, but also, you’ll be contributing to your body’s health and ability to induce sleep at night.