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I said Catnap not Catnip!!

Did you know a quick catnap can give you just that boost you need for the day? If you don't take naps now, it may be time to start. I never took naps, I thought it was a waste of my time, even after my stroke I never felt a need for one. But as I get older and have to deal with my paralysis, every often I will take a short 10-15 minute catnap. I find my mind is clearer and my body operates better because it's rested and easier for me to get around.

Taking longer naps can have the downside of producing sleep inertia — that drowsy feeling you experience when you wake up. Did you know that if you go through a whole sleep cycle which usually lasts around 90 minutes, you’re more likely to wake up feeling groggy?

Short power naps cut the risk of waking up in a daze.

A Catnap or Power nap that lasts 20 to 30 minutes should do the job. It’s long enough to give you all the benefits of sleep without leaving you feeling groggy when you wake up. It can help your Alertness, Mood, Short-Term Memory, and Concentration. When I feel the need for a quick nap, I like to get in my comfy chair, turn on some soft instrumental music, (because if I listen to vocal music I'll start singing along and not get any rest). In no time at all I fall asleep and wake up refreshed and ready to go!. So, give it a try if you're not already taking them...Catnaps I mean, not Catnip.

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