On Naps and Meditation

Two posts in one day! I must really be motivated (or maybe, it’s just my guilty conscience). It’s a little bit of both. Actually, I had planned to write on this earlier but, you know the story already from the last post.

So, why am I doing a post on naps and meditation? Well, I find them both very energizing although in slightly different manners.

I am the type of person who stays up late by accident but, likes to get up early. Then, I end up beating myself up in the morning for sleeping so late because I am just to tired. For this reason, I have added naps to my schedule. That right! I pencil them in because, if I didn’t I wouldn’t see them as important and I’d just skip them. However, what many people do not realize is that there is a thing called sleep debt. If you operate optimally on 8 hours and you miss 30 minutes one day, 15 minutes the next, and an hour two days later. The hours accumulate to become sleep debt. Sometimes, deprivation of sleep can be just as bad as being drunk. The take home message here: get your sleep in  or take naps.

Here are just some tips for a good nap.

1. Take a nap 6 hours after waking up (Most people get tired about 6 hours after they wake up. I know I do).

2.Don’t nap after 6PM. It could through off your sleep cycle making you go to sleep later than you normally do because you won’t be tired at your normal bedtime.

3.Keep a notepad by your bed to right down ideas that keep you awake so you can get rid of distractions. (Fun fact: I thought of this post while I was about to take a nap. Pre-naptime ideas come to me a lot. It will keep me up until it is written down).

4. Try not to nap for more than 1 hour or else you might wake up more tired than you went to sleep. (Trust me , I know. You will just end up spending your whole day in bed struggling to get up)

Okay, now to meditation. Meditation is a challenging thing to do sometimes. The mind is in a constant rush. Meditation requires quieting and resting the mind. I usually meditate towards the beginning of my day at the end of my workout. It gives me motivation for the day.

Now, meditation can be done in many ways. I do mine laying down. Some do theirs sitting. It all depends on what is most comfortable to you. For example, I like to encourage myself during meditation instead of completely silencing my mind. My attempts to make my mind blank of thoughts is what pushed me away from meditation at first because i just couldn’t do it. Now I find myself meditating for 5 to 15 minutes without even realizing it. When I’m finished, I feel refreshed because I’ve filled my thoughts with positive energy.

It’s a wonderful thing to try. Start off slow and do not push yourself to meditate for too long your first time if you can’t. Some days are better than others. Some days meditation can go on for 15 minutes, others, 3 minutes.  Just do what you can and see how much of a difference even 3 minutes can make on your day. I’m running late for class now.

Thanks for listening to my rant,

Shikaardeta

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Shika Tamaklo is a pharmacy student attending Mercer University. She is a college lifestyle blogger who writes on fitness, health, student life struggles and, occasionally dabbles in creative writing.

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