Santa clause taking a nap before Christmas night.

5 Reasons Napping is Acceptable During the Holidays

Winter is already a time that makes us sleepy. With fewer hours of sunlight, overcast skies, and frigid temperatures, it’s no wonder all we want to do is stay inside on the couch. Add in the exhausting stress of the holidays, and it’s almost impossible to make it through an entire day without napping.

The good thing is that we don’t have to feel guilty about nodding off once in awhile this time of year. Napping is acceptable and sometimes even necessary to catch up on sleep, de-stress, and regroup.

The Shocking Benefits Napping Can Have On Your Mind & Body

Lower Stress For Better Health

Fitting in time to shop, bake, and attend pageants and office parties is enough to make anyone’s head spin. But too much stress can cause health problems including an increased risk of heart disease. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one of the main benefits of napping is it helps lower tension, which decreases your risk of heart disease. So between all your crazy holiday tasks, take 15-20 minutes to close your eyes and drift off. The ideal nap time is in the early afternoon, so it doesn’t interrupt nighttime sleep.

Start improving your overall health, now: “How to Have a Healthy Lifestyle at Every Age.”

Increased Energy

Winter fatigue is a real thing. But since we need to stay awake enough to finish all our tasks, we have to get energy from somewhere. The benefits of napping include boosted alertness and improved motor performance, both of which make us feel more energetic. 

The only problem is that napping for too long can make us feel even more groggy and tired when we wake up. Since a 20-minute nap doesn’t quite enter into REM sleep, it’s just enough to make us wake up more focused and attentive. Napping for 90 minutes sends us into REM sleep, which helps with creativity (something many of us could use while decorating cookies or coming up with the perfect gift!).

So to enjoy the full benefits of napping, sleep up to 20 minutes or at least 90 minutes. Anything in between might make you more tired. 

A Happier Santa

It’s fun to buy gifts for friends and family, but not if you’re overtired and grouchy throughout the whole season. Sneaking in a short nap can help erase irritability and boost your mood so you can truly enjoy picking out the perfect present. Not to mention your kids and spouse will like being around you during winter break a whole lot more when you’re happy.  

Less Need for Caffeine

All the festive, flavorful lattes are delicious this time of year, but they’re not the best way to get a pick-me-up when you need it. Not only are sugary coffee and energy drinks expensive and full of empty calories, but they can also keep you from falling asleep at night if you drink them after the early afternoon. So, when you feel the urge to head to the cafe to stay awake, close the blinds in your office and lay your head on your desk, or climb into bed at home and close your eyes. You’ll wake up with a clear head and enough energy to get through the rest of the day.

Explore more about the caffeine: “The Effects of Caffeine on an Exhausted Mind and Body.”

A Smaller Appetite

Snacking during the holidays is a given, but this is also the time of year when many of us pack on the pounds. Since exhaustion elevates the hormone called ghrelin which makes us more hungry, being overtired can cause us to reach for too many treats. Napping during the day can help fight fatigue, so we’re not as likely to put on holiday weight.

A Comfy Mattress Leads to Better Naps

At Mark’s Mattress Outlet, we’re proud to offer our customers the best selection of luxury mattresses to fit every budget, both online and in-store – mattresses that are sure to deliver cozy, rejuvenating sleep. If you’re ready to start napping like a pro or need to give your holiday guests the best guest bedroom, our sleep experts are standing by to help. Head over to any Mark’s Mattress location to find a bed that will recharge your mind and body day or night!

Nap Your Best This Holiday Season