The secret to a great night's sleep

The 3 different types of nap

As busy lifestyles are increasingly leading the nation in to being more and more sleep deprived, we're sure we're not alone when it comes to craving that mid-afternoon nap. Napping is no longer for the very young, or elderly and we're seeing much higher numbers of the UK having to sneak in 40 winks throughout the day. But did you know that there are 3 types of nap to choose from?

Our very own Silentnight sleep expert, Dr Nerina, recommends power napping - but not all naps are created equal. There are three main types of naps, varying in length, that you can tailor to your free time and environment you're in.

Power Nap (10-15 mins)

Who doesn't love a good power nap? Short enough to fit in your lunch break, with time to spare, and perfect for those of us who work long hours with not much free time. Fitting in just 15 minutes of sleep is still enough to reach sleep stage 2 and will help improve your concentration, alertness, and work performance. Acting as a lunch time refresher, this type of nap can bolster your afternoon forward in to a more productive pace!

Solid Snooze (30 mins)

A 'solid snooze' offers you the best of both worlds. It affords you a longer resting period than a power nap, but it is short enough to still be achievable on a tight schedule. A solid snooze shouldn't overrun the 30 minute mark though, as you will reach deep sleep after this time and be more likely to wake up groggy from your nap, rather than feeling refreshed.

The Full Refresher (90 mins)

As the holy grail of naps, the 'full refresher', is the longest of the three napping options. The full 90 minutes will allow you to go through a whole sleep cycle and leave you as refreshed as a good night's rest. Try not to leave this one too close to bedtime though, as it will make falling to sleep in the evening more difficult. Try not to do this one too often, or in replacement of your night time sleeping pattern, as it may have a detrimental impact on your health in the long term.

With the above napping options in mind, which one will you go for when you next need a mid-day boost?

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