Nap Tips for the 4th of July
4th of July is the best. It’s the unique mixture of awesome weather, good food, and great times with friends and family that makes it one of our most popular holidays. Whether you’re BBQing at home, taking a trip to an historic landmark, or camping in one of our beautiful national parks, there are an almost infinite number of ways to celebrate living in this rad country of ours.
While it’s always good to pack in the fun, it’s also possible to overdo it. Between planning the afternoon party and the nighttime fireworks, there are a lot of things to get done to make sure that everyone is having a great holiday. That’s why it’s still important to take a second for yourself, breathe, and maybe get in a quick nap so that you can enjoy the holiday just as much as everyone else. Here are some of our tips to get you the sleep you need to be at your best this 4th of July. Whether it’s sleeping in or stealing away for a little siesta, these little nuggets of advice should leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated so that you can enjoy those late night fireworks in style.
Enjoy Yourself and Sleep in This 4th of July — Just Not too Late
One of the best parts of having a day off during the week is the chance to catch up on a little sleep. Most of us are crazy-overworked during the week, so the 4th of July offers us the ability to get a little more snoozing in during an otherwise hectic week. This is great, and there’s actually evidence to support that sleeping in is a valid way to chip away at that sleep debt. So feel free to spend an extra hour under the covers and enjoying the holiday with a little much-needed shut eye.
That being said, sleeping in too late can cause problems. If you only have one day off, sleeping in too late can mess with your circadian rhythm and make it harder to get to sleep at night. We don’t want you lying restless and tossing around in bed if you have to go to work the next day! A good rule of thumb is to give yourself an extra hour in bed. That way you can get extra sleep, but not worry about feeling too groggy or out of it the next day. It’s sure to leave you feeling free and independent — just like our forefathers intended.
Before You Grill Take a Power Nap
Want to get Paul Revere level energy on the 4th? An even better way to recharge your battery before the festivities start is to schedule in a power nap for the afternoon. It’s a quick way to give your body the boost it needs to be able to celebrate in style. Try taking a 15-20 minute nap in the early afternoon (around 2 pm) when your body’s energy is at its low point. That little bit of mattress time can go a long way in giving you energy and resilience so that you can host your BBQ and not worry about nodding off before the fireworks start.
If you’re someone who loves coffee, then taking a coffee nap might just be the way to maximize your nap time. It’s a new nap that’s all the buzz in sleep studies as it uses the time between ingesting coffee and when its caffeine begins to take effect (usually about a half hour). Try having an iced coffee right before a nap, then sleep for fifteen minutes. Your body should naturally awake around twenty minutes later, fully energized and rejuvenated. It’s going to give you the freedom and energy you need to celebrate the 4th of July and make some memories that will last a lifetime.
The best naps are power naps. Learn how power naps can increase productivity at work and how a power nap at night can be a great way to bridge the gap between the sleep you need and the sleep you’re getting.